ANC was warned it would perform dismally in August polls - Report

The internal research report says ANC admitted the DA was gaining traction with black South Africans.

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa takes a look at the official results board of the 2016 local government elections in the IEC national results center in Pretoria on 5 August 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the African National Congress (ANC)'s national executive committee (NEC) concludes its four day lekgotla today, it's emerged an internal report warned the party of possible poor performance at this year's local government elections.

The report compiled more than a year before the local government elections, indicated that the ANC had been warned it would perform dismally, unless certain measures were put in place.

The City Press newspaper is reporting that the party's top six was aware that it would lose support in the August polls due to widespread disaffection with the party and its leaders.

The report apparently suggested the governing party focus on delivering services to the poor and that it deal firmly with "misbehaving leaders who undermine the party's credibility".

The newspaper says in the internal research report, the ANC admitted that its official opposition, the Democratic Alliance was growing stronger and gaining traction with black South Africans.

The ANC has held a brave face since its disappointing outcome in the 2016 local government elections, with Cosatu and the Umkhomto Wesizwe Veterans Association, among its allies who have stayed firm in their support for President Jacob Zuma.

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But according to the City Press, some of the assessments coming through from the governing party suggest the president should've handled the Nkandla debacle himself.

The paper says the report was presented to the top six who kept it secret from lower party structures for fear of demoralising the party's volunteers.