ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, following four days of deliberation, had a revelation and realised the entire upper echelon of the ruling elite is to blame for the party’s dismal performance in the Local Government Elections.
The party held the emergency 4-day NEC to try and figure out just why it had the worst Election Day since 1994. Well, despite Nkandla, the Guptas, the university fee crisis, the SABC, SAA, Prasa, chaos in the ANC-run National Assembly… you could see why they would have had to meet for more than half a week to see where they screwed up. Oh and don’t forget Zuma’s axing of Nhlanhla Nene, which led to a R500 billion loss to the A economy in 48 hours.
BusinessTech reports that Mantashe conceded that “national issues” played a part in the party’s pummelling at the polls, but added that the president’s job is not up for discussion.
“There was no proposal from the floor for the president to step down. NEC takes collective responsibility for the results of the elections.”
Mantashe and the rest of the NEC announced their plan to win back votes (you’d think it was simple… it’s not like folks are hiding why they’re pissed at the ruling party), which includes:
- Leadership visiting voters and listening to its supporters’ concerns;
- Dealing with factions within the ANC;
- Rooting out corruption ;
- Bringing stability and policy certainty to state-owned entities such as the SABC, SAA and Eskom;
- Pushing to “re-prioritised” the national budget to focus on tackling poverty, unemployment and inequality; and
- Speeding up of a decision on a national minimum wage;
- Pushing for a 0% fee increase for university students; and
- Dealing with the manipulation of candidate selection for elections.
While the ANC ponders the obvious, the rest of the country’s political parties are finalising coalition talks that would guarantee the DA spreading its influence to Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.
Both the EFF and DA have told the ANC they can’t sit with them until Zuma is fired.
“I will never go to any political party and put a condition to say ‘remove your leader’. If it is done to us, it is an issue we must deal with in the negotiations,” Mantashe said.