Less than half of those eligible to vote actually cast their ballots in the municipal elections.
The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) reported that 26-million South Africans were registered to vote, but only 12-million turned out, the lowest in democratic SA’s history.
Of those that voted, only 45.6% voted for ANC candidates, putting the party in danger of losing majority rule in the 2024 general elections.
Mbalula insisted that the ANC was the people’s choice in the Gauteng metros and the ANC had only been defeated by coalitions that had “ganged up” on the governing party.
“We won Joburg without an outright majority, but they decided to give Joburg to the DA. The people of Joburg voted for the ANC not the DA. But we accept the coalitions arrangement did not favour us.”
The ANC needed an urgent renewal that would “distinguish revolutionaries from chance takers”.