The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has acknowledged that it has not received the support it had expected in this year’s national and provincial elections.

The party has narrowly won the province with just over 50% to retain control of the province. In 2014, the organisation scored more than 53.59% of the vote.

ANC provincial deputy chairperson Panyaza Lesufi says people have given them another chance which they should meet with hard work.

“Our people are sending a very strong message that they want us to move with speed to serve them and to serve them better. Secondly, they have renewed the mandate of the ANC as the outright winner in the province and not to have to work with other parties for them to govern the province. The message is quite clear. Work, work, work. Forget about corruption, forget about divisions, and forget about wrong things. We have heard the message and we will work very hard. We just need to double the efforts.”