The papers have called it a wake-up. Analysts have said that it’s a wake-up.International media called it a “stinging rebuke to ANC“, but even as the ANC are on the cusp of losing a major metro to the DA, they continue to spin. Their latest released, titled: “Many more vote ANC than ever before” manages to find a positive for the party.
An unprecedented 14 million South Africans have cast their ballots in favour of the African National Congress (ANC) in this election.
This translates to 54% of the national vote, and dramatically exceeds numbers recorded in the previous municipal election. In 2011, the ANC secured 8.1 million votes.
Credit where it’s due, though, Zizi Kodwa notes that now is a time for introspection:
Whilst we have received overwhelming support from our people, we will reflect and introspect where our support has dropped.
But it doesn’t last long….we’re back into it:
As results continue to come in, ANC votes are expected to increase even further. They are a ringing endorsement of the ANC’s service delivery programme by the citizens of South Africa.
These figures come at a time of intense speculation around voter apathy and citizen’s alleged lack of interest in political processes.