It started as speculation, but ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula confirmed that indeed there were numerous calls made angry ANC members that the party's NEC must resign after the poor performance in local government elections.
Mbalula however says those who are calling for the ANC NEC to resign are opportunists who saw an opportunity to cause chaos and disunity at a time the party is faced with a mammoth task to gain back their voters confidence.
"We know we did not reach our objectives but now there some opportunists even in the party who are rebels in the party who are basically calling for the head of the NEC, they see an opportunity to cause disunity," he said.
He adds that the National Executive Committee has long accepted collective blame for the party's performance and what was needed, going forward, was for the ANC to take stock of what had happened and correct the mistakes that led to South Africans not voting for it.
The ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula however seem a bit delusional when he said the outcome of the local government elections actually turned out better than they expected. This just confirms to the concerns raised by ANC members who are arguing that NEC members don't seem to understand that the party is dying a slow and painful death.
"Before accepting collective responsibility, which we do, we have to also acknowledge that the outcomes actually turned out better than they would have been. Had the party not intervene when it did and started its renewal projects, things would have been worse.
We are evaluating what happened, where we lost, where there is coalitions and how many of our people did not come to the party and from which areas. Opposition parties failed to annihilate us at the weakest we have ever been, so we can only go up from here," said Mbalula.
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