Weeks after it lost its hold on two controversial cities to its opposition party, the African National (ANC) is still optimistic it would regain its position in the two cities.
Its obvious the ruling party hasn’t gotten over its massive loss at the polls. The ANC lost its two strategic powers in the country to its strong opposition, the Democratic Alliance.
To this, the party’s treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize said the ANC will fight to win back the people’s trust across the country, but first in the two economic hubs, Johannesburg and the city Tshwane.
“We want those two cities back, there’s no other way about it. We will be a strong opposition,” he said. The ANC majority declined to 54%.
“This was not good news for us,” Mkhize said while addressing the media and business leaders at the Sanlam offices in Sandton.
Speaking on how the party would achieve this, Mkhize allayed the fear that the party might take up policies that would appease the masses.
He said the party need not worry about its policies.
“There is no reason why the ANC should have a problem of policy between now and 2019,” he said.
He said all the party needed was “to acknowledge its own weaknesses and to correct those and probably embark on a very serious re-look and restructuring to be able to enable the ANC to stage a comeback in the particular cities,
We remain confident that the ANC will be able to take them back.”
However, analysts are of the view that ANC’s shift in moral compass led to its loss of support in the past local elections.
According to them, the sharp drop in support for the ANC was as a result of the people’s hunger for positive change in the country which they were denied of for decades.
The ANC lost not only in most major cities, it lost many small towns and rural municipalities to fragile, ideologically incoherent coalitions of the power-hungry, the forgotten, the almost forgotten, the preferably forgotten, the far right, the rearguard and the downright loony, analysts say.
The old world as South Africa knew it, of ANC majorities and policy certainty, seems to be at an end – and all does not seem well, within the ANC at least.
Meanwhile, Zweli Mkhize reaffirmed that the ANC would not allow state capture. “By principle we do not allow state capture, it doesn’t matter by who,” he said, making reference to the Gupta family, News24 stated.