ANC scratches head after elec­tion set­back

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MOGOMOTSI MAGOME

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.

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