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Ekurhuleni only metro under ANC in Gauteng

The ANC formed a coalition with the AIC, the PA, PAC and Irasa to govern the metro municipality.

Newly elected Mayor of Ekurhuleni Mzwandile Masina. Picture: @GautengANC.

JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni is now officially the only metro which the African National Congress (ANC) controls in Gauteng following this year's local government elections.

Yesterday, the municipality held its first meeting where the mayor, chief whip and speaker all from the ANC, were elected.

After the ANC lost Tshwane and Johannesburg to the DA-led alliance, the party is now happy it managed to secure this metro through a coalition.

The party dipped below 50 percent in Ekurhuleni, receiving only 109 seats.

It has formed a coalition with the AIC, the PA, PAC and Irasa, which has increased its seats to 117.

The Metro's new mayor Mzwandile Masina says he's happy.

"Lord from London has not landed in Ekurhuleni," Masina said.

He's criticised those that voted for the opposition in Tshwane and Johannesburg for selling their souls to the highest bidder.

DISUNITY KILLING THE ANC

Meanwhile, the ANC says it believes one of the reasons it lost key metros was because of provinces that spoke out against the party.

The party's Secretary General Gwede Mantashe gave a briefing at Luthuli House yesterday, following the change of governance across key metros, including Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg in this year's local government elections.

Mantashe said one of the reasons the ANC performed poorly in the elections was a lack of unity.

He says provinces who spoke out against the ANC in public should not have done so.

"A number of provinces have been advised not to talk bad about the ANC in public because that will come back and haunt them because the electorate remembers what they say and sometimes people don't vote for the ANC in support of what they think are your views."

Mantashe said the ANC will sort out its differences internally.

"I'm not one who buys to this question of saying because we didn't do well, let's disband that province and that province. Actually, we'll push ourselves deeper into a hole."

Mantashe said the party has heard the message from South Africans and the party will now work on reconnecting with the public.

NEGATIVE NARRATIVE

Mantashe said the negative narrative around President Jacob Zuma affected the party at the polls.

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

The ANC secretary general said 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 said 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 admitted that negative perceptions, including Nkandla, did hurt the ANC at the polls.

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