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ANC does damage control after elections

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the party is trying to fix what's gone wrong.

ANC SG Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - As the Democratic Alliance (DA) prepares to install mayors in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the party is trying to fix what's gone wrong following the outcome of this month's municipal elections.

Yesterday, the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) said it would support DA candidates for mayor in some key metros, but wouldn't form a formal coalition with the party.

In his first response to these new developments, Mantashe says they realise perceptions around President Jacob Zuma are an issue.

"We are aware of the negative narrative that is directed at the president over a period of time. We have noted it as one of the issues that is a work in progress."

He says while some parties are growing, it doesn't reflect badly on the ANC.

"We look at them and see that some of them are from the ANC. It means our base has been split into a number of parties."

He adds they've taken the message from voters to heart.

DANNY JORDAAN COULD REMAIN A COUNCILLOR

It's still unclear what role outgoing Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan will play in the ANC.

The ANC has indicated he'll likely remain in the city council to lead the party.

He was roped in last year to try and stabilise the municipality.

The ANC's regional secretary Beza Ntshona says: "The mayor remains the councillor of the ANC. We will be going to meetings to discuss what roles they'll be playing. If you go there as a councillor, you'll remain a councillor."