ANC scratches head after election setback
THE ANC leadership will deliberate this weekend on the feedback from its structures about how to “self-correct” and arrest the decline in its support.
This follows countrywide consultations with its supporters following the party’s poor performance in the local government elections.
The party’s top brass is in a national executive committee meeting in Pretoria.
Yesterday spokesman Zizi Kodwa repeated earlier comments by secretary- general Gwede Mantashe that the suggestion of an early conference by some of its structures had been rejected.
“That issue was there, but it was overwhelmingly rejected by branches.”
He said factionalism, including in the NEC itself, was identified as a key area by the branches, along with gatekeeping and corruption.
The NEC is expected to receive a report dealing specifically with the feedback from the party’s branches following the consultations.
The party will also deal with state-owned enterprises, many of which have made headlines for the wrong reasons. SAA, Eskom and the SABC will get particular attention, with Kodwa saying enterprises that were not performing were giving the ANC a bad name.
The party decided to take “collective responsibility” for the poll results.
It is expected to announce the outcome of its meeting next week.