The African National Congress (ANC) says it hopes to recover the metros in which it failed to obtain an outright majority in the 2016 local government elections.

The party’s Head of Elections, Fikile Mbalula has singled out Ekurhuleni as its best case study, saying it has been the best ANC-run municipality since the 2016 local government elections.

Currently, the ANC is co-governing the metro with five other political parties including the PAC, the AIC, the IFP, the Patriotic Alliance and the Independent Ratepayers Association – IRASA. Mbalula says the City of Ekurhuleni has achieved a lot under Mayor Mzwandile Masina.

“I don’t have a track record of Mzwandile who as a mayor was found to have been guilty of corruption and mismanagement of public resources. Mzwandile is a mayor of the ANC who has led a collective in Ekurhuleni the biggest municipality with over R43 billion [budget] with a clean audit who else can do that. When you are given a responsibility we can stand in platforms like that and give account and I am not exaggerating neither am I saying Ekurhuleni is paradise, I am saying we can give you a proper account of that City of Ekurhuleni of what the ANC has done there and big-ups to Mzwandile and salute to him and his collective,” says Mbalula.

The ANC still needs to nominate its mayoral candidates who will be interviewed by the party’s top 5, including President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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