Many, even die-hard ANC supporters and members have agreed that the ANC is the biggest losers of the 2016 municipal elections. The party however, has refused to admit they flopped at polls insisting more South Africans voted ANC in the 2016 local government elections than ever before.
Yes, the African National Congress said more South Africans voted for them in the 2016 local government elections than ever.
You’d be right to conclude the ruling party is living in denial. Nonetheless, here’s the logic of the ruling party:
“…14 million votes have been cast in favor of the African National Congress (ANC) in this election.
This translates to 54% of the national vote, and dramatically exceeds numbers recorded in the previous municipal election. In 2011, the ANC secured 8.1 million votes,” stated ANC’s national spokesperson.
You must have noticed Zizi Kodwa failed to acknowledge that ANC in 2011, enjoyed a massive 61.95% national support at polls. Anyway, he promised that the ANC will reflect and introspect where its support has dropped.
Kodwa said ANC is both honored and humbled that so many South Africans have entrusted the party with their vote.
“These figures come at a time of intense speculation around voter apathy and citizen’s alleged lack of interest in political processes. They also heavily contradict the speculation of numerous pollsters and analysts in the lead-up to the election.
As counting continues, the numbers show that the ANC is leading in all the country’s nine provinces, barring the Western Cape.
…we had secured the majority of votes in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Kwa-Zulu/Natal, the Northern Cape, the Eastern Cape, the Free State and the country’s economic powerhouse, Gauteng.
In nearly all these provinces,” he said, “the margins are wide, with opposition parties trailing far behind.”
The ANC national spokesperson added that the number of those who voted ANC are expected to further increase.
To him, the votes ANC bagged “are a ringing endorsement of the ANC’s service delivery programme by the citizens of South Africa.
Twenty-two years into democracy, the people of South Africa have shown that not only are they committed to participatory democracy, but they also believe the ANC is their only political home,” he asserted.