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Mantashe: Negative narrative around President Zuma affected ANC at the poll

Gwede Mantashe tdaoy briefed the media at Luthuli House after the party lost a number of metros.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress(ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the negative narrative around President Jacob Zuma affected the party at the polls.

Mantashe today briefed the media at Luthuli House after the party lost a number of metros.

He says while the party's support decreased, opposition parties must also be aware that they did not win the metros outright.

The ANC secretary general says among the issues found in the ANC's analysis of the election results was the negative perception surrounding Nkandla.

"You can't separate the president of an organisation from his organisation; so any negative narrative around the president will actually hurt the organisation. We acknowledge that."

But he says the entire leadership must take responsibility.

"I can tell you that if you say, because of these results, I must resign I will go to Zizi [Kodwa] and say - 'why are you remaining behind', because we are in the same collective and we work together. If we made blunders, we made them together."

Mantashe admits that every negative perception including Nkandla did hurt the ANC at the polls.