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'ANC election losses self-inflicted'

Jackson Mthembu kicked off a debate on the elections in the National Assembly this afternoon.

FILE: YouTube screengrab of ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says the losses suffered by the governing party in the local government elections were self-inflicted and not because any other party is better.

Mthembu kicked off a debate on the elections in the National Assembly this afternoon.

He says the message sent to voters were loud and clear, and that the ANC has heard it.

"We will definitely change our behaviour and posture including that of being perceived as being aloof, inward looking, self-serving and arrogant."



Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, whose party now leads minority governments in the key metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela, told the ANC, the lesson from the elections was clear.

"Never take voters for granted. The voters are watching us and they will throw us out of office if we disrespect them."