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‘We did not lose the elections’: Fikile Mbalula defends ANC performance

‘We did not lose the elections’: Fikile Mbalula defends ANC performance

Transport Minister and Tweeter-in-chief Fikile Mbalula has finally responded to the clamour online, and delivered his verdict on a disastrous week for the ANC. However, Mbaks isn’t best pleased with the narrative that has developed.

FIKILE MBALULA DENIES THE ANC ‘LOST THE ELECTIONS’

The senior ANC figure has stressed that his party ‘did not lose’ the 2021 Local Elections, even though they recorded their lowest ever vote share in 27 years of South Africa’s democracy.

They finished with just 45.6% of the public’s support, and in Mbalula’s defence, he may have a point – the DA, in second place, only won 21% of all ballots cast.

Jessie Duarte also reasoned that most wards in South Africa remain under ANC control. But the 109-year-old institution was rattled earlier this week, after several parties declared their support for DA candidates in metros across Gauteng. Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, and Tshwane are all under ‘blue rule’ – and eThekwini could go the same way.

  • But Fikile Mbalula sees it like this: The ANC only lost out in the coalition agreement phase, and not at the ballot boxes.

“We did not lose the elections – we lost to coalitions, because of our failure to garner an outright majority to govern. The ANC will speak for itself and give feedback about coalition talks to its supporters and members.”

“We wish new-formed coalitions in the metros great success. We will define our role succinctly, and as an opposition, the ANC will continue to serve our people even in opposition benches.”

“We won Joburg without an outright majority, BUT they decided to give Joburg to the DA. The people voted for the ANC, not the DA. But we accept the coalitions arrangement, and it did not favor us.”

Fikile Mbalula

POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE ROCKS LUTHULI HOUSE

However, Mbaula is also aware that a large number of voters – many of whom traditionally back the ANC – refused to cast a ballot this time around. The 50-year-old accepts that this is perhaps the biggest punishment of all…

“Smaller parties came together to oust the ANC. That is what is happening in the metros. Others define it as punishment – but if there’s any punishment, it is by our voters, who did not come out in numbers to vote. We respect their stance, and we now need to address their issues. It’s now renewal or death for us.”

Fikile Mbalula


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