Joburg ANC postpones briefing over urgent PEC meeting

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 of the metro now hangs in the balance as the party failed to gain 50% of the votes.

“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.

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The ANC suffered a significant setback in Gauteng, getting less than 50% of the votes in the Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni metros, as well as in the Mogale City municipality.

The DA retained the Midvaal municipality. The ANC would need to enter into coalition agreements with other parties to keep those hung councils.

On Saturday, the ANCYL in the province 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.

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“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.”