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25 November 18:59

The ANC media briefing has ended. 

25 November 18:53

“Opposition parties failed to annihilate us at the weakest we have ever been, so we can only go up from here,” - Mbalula.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 18:50

Mbalula goes on a rant over the SABC. He says through its Service Delivery Gauge program, the public broadcaster de-campaigned the ANC by going to municipalities governed by the party and somewhat encouraging people not to vote.

He says the SABC waited until after the elections to go to Khayelitsha and show the DA’s failings.

“We don't have a problem with the SABC but we are just pointing out that they contributed to people not going out to vote,” says Mbalula.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 18:45

There are some rebels within the party who are calling for the head off the NEC, the party’s highest decision making body, says Mbalula.

He adds that this is just opportunistic and will not be entertained.

“We should contest each other but not do that like there is no tomorrow to the point of killing the party,” says Mbalula.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 18:35

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,” says Mbalula.

25 November 18:32

The ANC Head of Elections says the ANC should stop becoming visitors to its constituents but live among them.

“We need to inform them of the actions being taken to turn around their concerns because action being taken but not being communicated will leave our people still in doubt over our willingness to rebuild,” says Mbalula.

He adds that the ANC will not use this as an excuse but will continue to work towards proving itself to the public.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 18:28

Mbalula says when the ANC came to this election, the party knew for a fact that the mood was negative.

He says this negative mood was driven by allegations of corruption against the party, high unemployment and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We don't have enough to convince the public that corruption has been dealt with. During the pandemic, billions of rands that were allocated for PPEs went missing. This further painted a bad picture on the party,” said Mbalula.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 18:20

Mokonyane refuses to confirm reports that former president Jacob Zuma, suspended SG Ace Magashule and former Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize were involved in the swaying of ABC to vote with the party and ensure its victory in the metro.

She says credit should be given to the provincial structure as its members have been busy for the past week trying to win back the smaller parties.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 18:16

Mokonyane says if you compared 2016 and the outcomes of the 2021 elections, the ANC has not grown.

She cites that the party being on a path of self introspection, rebuilding the organisation and internal fights in terms of candidate selection.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 18:01

Mbalula says in KZN the party is still looking at the extent to which the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma affect the party's prospects.

“The Shembe church in KZN also gave instructions that people should not go out and vote for the ANC because they are not happy with the party. We need to engage them going forward,” says Mbalula.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:58

The ANC is already looking ahead, and planning it's January 8 celebrations in Limpopo says Mbalula,  who added that Mokonyane will give more details of on its annual rally.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:57

“The EFF wanted us to agree within 12 months to some of their unreasonable demands… it's either they were not ready in the first place to engage us and just wanted a scapegoat and reasons to say they failed to work with the ANC.

“It won't help us to keep looking at what didn't happen… the date of the elections being held on Monday also didn't help us,” says Mbalula.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:54

25 November 17:53

The ANC Head of Elections says his party had reached an agreement with the IFP but the former's regional leaders went to their national leadership and twisted their hand to renege on the agreement.

“That was an ambush from the IFP,” says Mbalula.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:51

Making reference to ANC councillors who in the Mamusa Local Municipality voted for an EFF speaker not withstanding that the party had a majority, Mbalula says the party will discipline them.

“That is unacceptable, how does one get a vote from the people and then throw it away like that,” says Mbalula.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:49

Mbalula denies claims by the EFF that the ANC was only interested in discussing power sharing and not engage in terms of principle.

“We didn’t reach that stage in our discussions. The EFF called off the talks and said they would not talk to the ANC. We had one meeting and were supposed to meet again only to find out they had pulled the plug on our talks,” Mbalula says.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:46

Mbalula says the ANC entered talks through its coalition negotiators with the IFP, EFF, Patriotic Alliance AIC, ABC and Al Jama.

He adds that provincial structures of the ANC also engaged independent candidates.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:44

Mbalula says most parties vowing not to get into coalition with the ANC was meant to garner media coverage and not necessarily based on political considerations.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:39

Mbalula says during the party’s election campaign, the party heard the concerns of the people and vows to respond to them.

“We also urge our councillors to honour promises made to our communities during the campaign period,” says Mbalula.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:37

Mbalula reiterates that based on the votes, the ANC is “still by far the most popular political party” in the country.

He says the party winning many party representative votes is a demonstration that the ANC’s involvement of communities in its candidate selection process has been well received.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:34

Mbalula says the ANC welcomes the establishment of the municipal councillors across the country.

“The councils are a reflection of the will of the people,” says Mbalula.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 17:33

25 November 17:32

Proceedings get underway and the panel set to address the media will be Mbalula, ANC national executive committee member, Nomvula Mokonyane and party spokesperson, Pule Mabe.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 16:16

ANC Head of Elections, Fikile Mbalula will this afternoon address the media at Luthuli House.

The ANC is finally set to respond to dropping below 50% nationally in the municipal elections, his party still went on to be further humbled as it failed to secure coalition partners and lost out on three of the five hung metros.

- Juniour Khumalo

25 November 13:16

The briefing concludes. 

25 November 13:14

"We are here to bury the ANC"- Malema.

- Zintle Mahlati

25 November 13:13

Malema: All of the state institutions are being sent out to pursue the people who don't agree with Cyril Ramaphosa. We were told we will have a president who respects the Constitution, that is not the case. He has no regard for the Constitution. The crime is too high because the institutions that must fight crime, Cyril has used to fight political oponents. With us, Cyril must know, if he wants a fight he will get it. We are not scared of police. We are not here to revive the ANC, we are here to bury it. 

25 November 13:06

Malema: We had to call Herman and plead with Herman. I also called general [Bantu] Holomisa, but unfortunately, I was too late and he had already sided with the ANC. It is about this country. Our ticket to the people was we are going to remove the ANC. As long as it helps remove the ANC, we are going to swallow our pride.

25 November 13:03

Malema reiterates that eThekwini was delivered to the ANC by the ANC's RET forces.

"Cyril did not even save one municipality". He alleges Helen Zille helped the ANC gain Nelson Mandela Bay.

- Zintle Mahlati

25 November 12:59

We are not leading a stokvel. We are leading a well-oiled machine. We do what we think is in the best interest of our people. 

25 November 12:58

Malema: If we get an opportunity we must go for the kill. And we kill with a smile. We have no sympathy for the ANC. We are here to replace the ANC. We asked the ANC to be loyal to their own decisions. 

25 November 12:55

Malema projects to the 2024 elections, claims the ANC has been closed out and its taps on public funding has been closed.

- Zintle Mahlati

25 November 12:53

Malema on the ANC: "We are closing the ANC out to level the playing field."

- Zintle Mahlati

25 November 12:53

Malema says DA leaders Helen Zille and John Steenhuisen have continued their insults on the EFF, but the party isn't moved and is "fixing the country".

- Zintle Mahlati

25 November 12:52

Malema accuses the DA of insulting smaller political parties.

"They belittle them and talk down on them", he said.

- Zintle Mahlati 

25 November 12:48

Malema: In NMB there are two small political parties who have said to the EFF 'Whatever direction you take, we are with you'. These small parties get spoken down like they have no relevance. 

25 November 12:46

Malema: "We think something illegal could have happened in eThekwini, we have instructed our lawyers to look into the matter."

This is after the ANC allocated a seat in the council to the ABC which assisted the party to retain control of the municipality.

– Zintle Mahlati

25 November 12:46

On the attack on smaller political parties taking votes from bigger political parties, Malema says this is not true because the country's democracy was designed to accommodate as many parties as possible.

- Zintle Mahlati

25 November 12:41

Malema: There is no mayor or councillor that is guaranteed five years (in office).

- Zintle Mahlati

25 November 12:41

Malema: The ANC won on a ticket of corruption.

- Zintle Mahlati

25 November 12:38

Malema alleges the ANC wanted to negotiate a coalition agreement based on gangster arrangements of dishing out political positions similar to the arrangement the ANC has with the Patriotic Alliance.

- Zintle Mahlati

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