SOUTH AFRICA’S RULING PARTY REFLECTS ON BRUISING LOSSES IN LOCAL GOVT POLLS

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), says it is in sensitive coalition talks and has started examining the reasons behind the party’s poor performance in the recent local government elections in tGauteng, the country’s smallest but most populous province which includes Johannesburg and Pretroria.

This emerged from a meeting of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the party ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to take place on Thursday.

The ANC has lost its governing majority in four municipalities including three of the country’s eight metropolitan municipalities.

The Aug 3 local government elections have been described as the ANC’s worst since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Provincial ANC Spokesperson Nkenke Kekana said Wednesday that more meetings are on the cards to reflect on the bruising election results.

“We have to come to a meeting, it will be a much bigger meeting of the PEC, especially after the NEC, to really draw lessons from what we have picked up but obviously there are things that are in our control and there are things that are not in our control,” said Kekana.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK