ANC NEC to meet for first time after polls

Last week, the ANC lost control of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wave to the thousands of ANC supporters in the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg for the party's final rally ahead of the 2016 local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) is holding its first national executive committee meeting today after losing control over several metros last week, in a discussion that could decide what coalition governments will be formed.

Last week, the ANC lost control of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay, along with other smaller municipalities.

Earlier this year, the Gauteng ANC suggested president Jacob Zuma should step down after the Constitutional Court's findings on his home at Nkandla.

This is new territory for the ANC as it's never faced losing power in this way and political analyst Prince Mashele says it won't know how to cope.

"The ANC is not going to have a coherent comeback strategy, simply because the party is so divided that it can't pull in one direction."

But Professor Sipho Seepe has a very different view.

"I don't think they will go into that space yet. There might be a temptation for people to go into accusations and counter-accusations. I think they will try to take a far broader perspective."

Yesterday the Gauteng ANC said these elections show there is a need for the party to look inward.