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ANC in EC mulls options to keep control of Nelson Mandela Bay

The ANC’s leadership has described the loss to the DA as a harsh reality to use as a learning curve.

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor-elect Athol Trollip swamped by media and DA activists promises the city “will be a better place” in 10 years. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

PORT ELIZABETH - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape is still hoping it can find a way to keep control of Nelson Mandela Bay.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) results show the DA is the largest party in the metro with 46.71 percent of the vote.

It also indicates the ANC's overall support in the Eastern Cape has dropped from 71 to 65 percent but it has retained control of the Buffalo City metro.

The ANC's leadership in the Eastern Cape has described the loss to the DA as a harsh reality to use as a learning curve.

The party's provincial leadership is now mulling the likelihood of being an opposition in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro but remains open to the possibility of discussing a coalition.

ANC regional Secretary Beza Ntshona says the municipality's not in the hands of the DA just yet.

"Because all of us we'll be pursuing other ways and means that can make us to lead the municipality, one of them is to pursue a possibility of a coalition."

The ANC says it plans to use the 2019 general elections as a dry run to get itself ready for the next Local Government Elections in five years.

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