Secretary-general of the ANC Gwede Mantashe received condemnation from users on social media after he criticised the electoral system and the way the allocation of council seats among parties is calculated.
He was criticising the proportional representation system that allows for, in effect, every vote cast in the totality of the elections to count towards the council total. Mantashe and the ANC appeared confused about why the ANC could win more wards than the DA in a metro and still have less of the overall council seats.
Hopefully, they’ll have figured it out by the end of their four-day gathering on Sunday in Irene, Gauteng, dedicated to decoding the election results.
The ANC is reflecting on its loss of three metros, Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has already said that the ANC and its government in Gauteng is not to blame for the poor performance of the party during the elections.
Among those who slated the secretary-general was comedian Conrad Koch, the man behind well-known puppet Chester Missing. The puppet said on “his” Twitter account that Mantashe may now be of the view that South Africa’s democratic cup is overflowing.
“Gwede thinks we have too much democracy,” said Missing.
The puppet has also been reporting on the process to choose a new public protector.
— eNCA (@eNCA) August 12, 2016
Mantashe also said removing President Jacob Zuma as ANC president was not on the agenda of discussions about the ANC’s relatively poor performance in the elections.
Meanwhile, the DA and EFF are hard at work negotiating who’s going to rule Tshwane and Johannesburg.
The Citizen has learnt that the DA and EFF may broker a deal before the end of the week.
A senior DA leader in Gauteng said the party would be open to sacrificing at least one of its mayoral candidates in favour of a coalition with the EFF.
If the deal is brokered between the two parties, the DA could control Tshwane, while the EFF would then take control of Johannesburg, or vice versa.
According to those close to the process, the decision the DA and the EFF potentially make could see the DA’s Herman Mashaba becoming the mayor of Johannesburg, while the EFF’s 31-year-old spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi would then be the mayor of Tshwane.
Alternatively, the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu, the party’s deputy president, could become the Johannesburg mayor, while the DA’s Solly Msimanga would then take up the Tshwane mayoral seat.
– Additional reporting by Ngwako Modjadji