The ANC's Jackson Mthembu says the ruling party will re-take Nelson Mandela Bay in the next local government elections.
The ANC has taken a decision to withdraw its complaint over the results in that metro, explains Mthembu.
Mthembu has commended the IEC for doing a sterling job during the election process, despite an earlier decision to lodge a complaint over the ballot papers.
After much consultation, we felt like this dispute won't take South Africa forward. We decided as leadership to withdraw that dispute.— Jackson Mthembu, ANC's chief whip in Parliament
The DA claimed victory on Thursday, saying that projections show the party clinching 46% of the vote in the metro, while the ANC currently sits on 40%.
Although 98% of the votes have been counted in Nelson Mandela Bay, Mthembu says that the ANC has not officially lost power in the metro.
He says that if control is taken from them, the ANC must reflect on how its has contributed to its own defeat.
We will only lose Nelson Mandela Bay when the IEC has said so, but we are likely to lose the metro because of our own undoings, difficulties and factions.— Jackson Mthembu, ANC's chief whip in Parliament
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