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ANC veterans say party needs introspection after poor polls

African National Congress stalwart Ben Turok says the organisation faces a difficult future.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some African National Congress (ANC) veterans say the party needs to ask some tough questions of its leadership following its poor showing at the 2016 municipal polls.

The party has suffered a host of losses losing its majority in key municipalities.

ANC stalwart Ben Turok says the organisation faces a difficult future.

"Major decisions will have to be taken about the conduct of the leadership, notably the president himself will have to do some self-examination."

Party veteran Mavuso Msimang says among other issues, the Nkandla scandal may have impacted the party at the polls.

"While he was talking, suddenly people popped up and said 10 years ago there was a rape case, so he didn't commit rape according to the courts, but that kind of image is not the image that you need for a leader of a serious organisation."

Meanwhile, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told Eyewitness News that the Nkandla issue affected the party's support in urban areas.

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

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."