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Nkandla issue affected ANC's support in urban areas - Mantashe

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe concedes Nkandla is one of the factors that cost the party.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe shares a moment with FFPlus leader Pieter Mulder and Piet Croukamp. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has told Eyewitness News that the Nkandla issue affected the party's support in urban areas.

Mantashe was speaking on the sidelines at the IEC results Centre in Pretoria.

Following the Constitutional Court judgement on Nkandla earlier this year, several branches of the ANC in Gauteng called on the president to step down.

Some party stalwarts also joined in, with many predicting that the controversy would cost the part at the polls.

Now Mantashe concedes Nkandla is one of the factors that cost the party.

"All those issues will be considered, particularly in urban areas but there are factors but they're not the sole factors that are costing us."

The ANC says it will do its own analysis of their performance, listen to the people and self-correct.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has already claimed victory for Tshwane, with their projections showing they will be the biggest party there.

But things are also not certain with Johannesburg, as both the ANC and DA are neck-and-neck.

When asked if he thinks e-tolls played a part in how people voted in Gauteng, Mantashe said, "E-tolls were a major issue in the national elections, the sentiments are still there and they [the electorate] react to that."

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