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ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Johannesburg - A constant "negative narrative" about President Jacob Zuma, including the issue of his Nkandla homestead, hurt the ANC in the local government elections, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. 

"We said, among the issues in our analysis that we had, was the negative narrative that was consistent towards the president of the ANC. That would include a number of issues that are raised in the public domain, including Nkandla," Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg. 

"That is one of the issues we are grappling with, because we must deal with it, whether it is a fact or a perception. Any perception left unattended is more dangerous than facts. 

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