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Mashatile, Tau urge ANC not to blame voters but rather fix party's problems

Parks Tau and Paul Mashatile have all assured South Africans the party has listened to their concerns.

FILE: The Gauteng ANC’s provincial executive committee unveiled its full list of mayoral candidates for the province. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) leaders have used the funeral of its councillor Nonhlanhla Mthembu to criticise their movement saying the party should not blame voters but itself for losing Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Mthembu collapsed and died at the city's inaugural meeting last week where the ruling party lost the metro to a Democratic Alliance (DA) led coalition government.

The Johannesburg ANC councillor was laid to rest today and has been described a gallant activist of the movement who fought strongly against apartheid.

ANC regional chairperson Parks Tau said, "We've had significant setbacks in the local government elections of 2016 to a large extent because of our own doing as the African National Congress."

Then the Gauteng ANC chair Paul Mashatile said, "So let us not blame the people but let us make sure we fix what is wrong."

They have all assured South Africans the party has listened to their concerns and promised to make it their task to ensure the party self corrects and renews itself.