- The African National Congress (ANC) admitted to losing several key wards following the local polls
- The party blamed its apparent struggle to hold onto power on the low voter turnout that was recorded
- By Tuesday afternoon, the ANC had already missed out on holding onto five key wards in uMgungundlovu
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DURBAN - The perfect excuse has presented itself as the African National Congress (ANC) bemoans the low voter turnout amid the local government elections on Monday, 1 November.
The party said this is to blame for the loss of several wards in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), among other key strongholds.
According to The Daily Maverick, which all but confirmed the ANC's struggle to hold onto power, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) made gains in Endumeni and Emadlangeni, while the DA created history with an outright win of uMngeni.
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The report further outlined that with about 20 per cent of all the votes having been counted by 2 pm, the results showed the ANC had already missed out on holding onto five key wards in uMgungundlovu, one of KZN's 11 district municipalities.
Netizens rubbish ANC claims
Social media was abuzz with talk of the ANC's apparent fall from grace. Briefly News dived into the comments to bring readers all the notable commentary.
"So they are not blaming poor service delivery?"
"Indeed. It is a low turn-out because people are tired of unfulfilled promises."
"Unhappy ANC supporters will never vote for the opposition, they simply don't show up. Don't try and sugarcoat it."
"The subtext thereto would be what do they attribute low voter turnout to? Put it in simple terms, why did their loyal voters not bother themselves to go out in their numbers & cement the occasion- as always been the case?"
Herman Mashaba's ActionSA prepared to enter into coalition with Democratic Alliance
The veteran politician announced that his organisation is willing to enter into a coalition government with his former party, the Democratic Alliance (DA).
However, Mashaba outlined some stiff conditions for the two parties to pursue this avenue, according to a News24 report.
The popularity the party garnered following its formation 15 months ago has become increasingly evident in the past 24-hour period as its made notable gains within the large metropolitans.
Briefly News understands ActionSA put on a strong display in Soweto, South Africa's biggest township.
Source: Briefly News