ANC to scrutinise 'what went wrong' in #Elections2016

The ANC has accepted defeat in the battle for the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe attends a campaigning event in Allanridge in Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, on 24 June 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the Democratic Alliance (DA) and African National Congress (ANC) remain neck-and-neck in some major metros, the ruling party says it will scrutinise and critically ask itself why it's not done well in some areas that it was in control.

The governing party has accepted defeat in one of the biggest metro's in the country, Nelson Mandela Bay, where the DA is currently leading.

The battle of the metros continues with no clear indication at this stage as to who will take Johannesburg and Tshwane.


Earlier today, the ANC decided to withdraw its complaint over the results in Nelson Mandela Bay as it accepted defeat in that metro with 98% of the votes having been counted there.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu said: "We have had a discussion with our structures and we've approached the IEC and took a decision as the ANC that we should withdraw the dispute in Nelson Mandela Bay because we are magnanimous in victory. Equally, when we are defeated, we accept defeat."

Yesterday, the ruling party officially launched a complaint with the IEC regarding comments made by Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane over an announcement claiming that his party won the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.


The official opposition retained the Western Cape with 63.18% districts votes and the ANC got 26.19%.