He said it was clear the ANC may have lost its mass appeal and ability to rally the electorate behind it and its programme of delivering a better life for all.
“Reasons for loss of support include depressed national mood due to Covid-19, the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma, the July unrest, distrust of the ANC-led government, enormous service delivery failures, corruption allegations, leadership conflict and ANC financial woes.”
He called on members to reconnect with the day-to-day struggles of communities, including service delivery, crime and poverty.
Zikalala is facing a tough battle in his bid for re-election. He took the time to remind delegates that despite the poor electoral performance under his leadership, the outgoing provincial executive had worked hard to build unity.
He reminded party members that “we must still unite and triumph or be divided and perish together”.
“As we approach the policy conference we need to ensure that there is a discussion and a clear outline of what the renewal programme entails.
“We believe the ANC needs a more holistic organisational renewal programme rather than focusing on one or two aspects of what renewal should entail.”