ANC flag. (Paul Herman, News24, file)
Johannesburg – The ANC in Gauteng has indefinitely postponed a planned press briefing on the results of the local government elections because an urgent provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting is being convened.
The briefing was supposed to have been held on Sunday by ANC greater Johannesburg chairperson, Parks Tau, whose position as mayor in the metro now hangs in the balance as the party failed to reach 50% of the vote in the elections.
"The postponement is due to a planned special urgent provincial executive committee meeting, wherein the Gauteng province will collectively reflect on the elections and chart a way forward," the ANC said.
The ANC suffered a significant setback in Gauteng, as it got below 50% in the Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekuhuleni metros, as well as in the Mogale City municipality. The DA retained the Midvaal municipality.
The ANC would need to enter coalition agreements with other parties if it still wanted to keep those hung councils.
'Devastating election outcomes'
The ANCYL in the province on Saturday lamented the "devastating election outcomes".
"This [Johannesburg] is a metro we have performed poorly in as a party, the economic hub of the country and continent," it said in a statement.
"The current drop in municipal election outcomes nationally and in particular metros, leaves little to be desired and does not warrant a celebration."
It said that through the vote and the low voter turnout, society was calling on the party to "introspect, go back to basics and reconnect with our founding principles".
"It is in this regard that we will rather do organisational work and spend the time reflecting on where we have erred."