The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal is demanding answers from the ANC provincial leadership on the party’s dismal performance in the municipal elections.
ANCYL provincial leader Mafika Mndelebe Damane said the ANC’s decline in last week’s polls required some reflection.
“The ANCYL KZN notes with great concern that in the 2016 Local Government Elections the ANC in KZN attained an overall 57,79%, whereas in 2021 it has attained an overall percentage of 41,45% ... this means that the ANC electoral support has declined by 16,34%,” he said.
ANC leaders, Damane said, have a responsibility to explain the decline to party members.
“KZN ANCYL calls for immediate comprehensive accountability by leaders from all 11 ANC regions in KwaZulu-Natal for this decline of votes. All regional executive committees should explain what is it that they are exactly doing in ANC offices daily if the ANC loses under their stewardship,” he said.
Damane said the youth wing is convinced the decline in votes is a direct consequence of “many foreign tendencies from within the ANC”, including corruption, arrogant leaders and nepotism.
He said the ANC’s provincial executive committee “should stop analysing the province from air-conditioned offices in Durban”, but visit all communities of KZN to get insights as to why the people have punished the ANC.