African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng Chairperson, David Makhura says the millions of people who registered but did not turn up to vote, have sent a message to the party that they want to see evidence that it’s serious in dealing with corruption.
He was addressing the media at the Electoral Commission(IEC) Provincial Results Operations Centre (ROC) in Alberton, east of Johannesburg, on Wednesday.
Makhura says they are committed to working even harder.
“People want to see real action that we are building the capacity of the state. We going to clean up municipalities, we are going to sort out the infrastructure issues. People want to see more action – that we are fixing the South African economy. The coalitions that must be set up must work to sort out the issues that people stayed away from the polls for. The areas where we got things wrong, terribly wrong and that one of those areas is Emfulen,” says Makhura.
Makhura addresses the media:
Makhura on low voter turnout
Makhura says the electricity cuts had an impact on the low voter turnout.
Makhura says many areas across Gauteng including Soweto, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, and the Vaal Rand experienced power outages during the election campaign period which might have impacted voter turnout.
The IEC says the voter turnout in Gauteng was at 40%, down from 48% in the 2016 municipal elections.
Makhura spoke to the media at the IEC Provincial Results Operations Centre.
He says the provision of electricity will be prioritised in ANC-led municipalities.