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Cosatu identifies possible reasons for the ANC's performance in elections

Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini says the ANC’s internal factions among other issues need to be resolved.

Cosatu leadership at Press conference at Cosatu House in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerein/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it is concerned about the large number of registered voters who chose not to vote in this year's municipal elections

The federation held a media briefing at Cosatu House in Johannesburg yesterday to give their assessment of the election results.

It says it's already identified some possible reasons for the poor performance of the African National Congress (ANC), including international trends, which show lower turn out for local government elections.

Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini says it is evident that the governing ANC is losing support.

He says the party's internal factions among other issues need to be resolved.

"Cosatu has been repeating 'let us unite and prioritise. Delay this succession debate'."

Dlamini says while it was unprecedented but democratic for the party to announce its mayoral candidates, this move backfired.

"There should be a re-think of the process, not necessarily aiming to exclude the communities from deciding. They have their day on election day."

Dlamini says e tolls will be one of the issues it will raise with the ANC when analysing what went wrong.