Johannesburg - The ANC's process of choosing its mayoral candidates is a solid one, the party's Deputy Secretary General Jesse Duarte told journalists on Saturday.
"When you bring it down to the most fundamental unit... people begin to own the process. They are very enthusiastic and emotional about it.
"As time goes on that will dissipate as people understand that this process the ANC is introducing is in fact a very solid way of communities having an opportunity to have a say in who a community councillor should be," she said.
Duarte said the process was democratic and in a democratic process there were winners and losers. She added that with its process, communities are given an opportunity to voice their opinions on their choice of the ANC mayoral candidates and councillors.
"We don't ask for CV's - we say to the community here are three names, you can discuss these three names... if they want to vote for the ANC that's the best process we have now."
She said the most important lesson was how to balance the interests of the community and the ANC as a liberation movement, who had a particular agenda in sight.
"That's been the key challenge for us. Obviously we would look at whether our process in getting candidates that fulfills that particular balance," she said.
The ANC has been in the spotlight after it released its council lists. Disgruntled ANC members marched to Luthuli House in protest over the lists.