ANC ready to be effective opposition

ANC ready to be effective opposition

ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe says the ruling party is ready to be an effective opposition, if needs be. 

Gwede Mantashe

The ANC failed to gain a majority in several metros and municipalities around the country in this month¹s local government elections and the party has been dissecting what went wrong in the past elections.

Members of the party's National Executive Committee met at the weekend to reflect on the municipal elections and Mantashe confirmed that coalition talks are underway for hung councils.

He also confirmed that councils including Tshwane, The City of Joburg Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay are in for a swing.

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"The ANC will not bow down to demands from opposition parties, that President Jacob Zuma should resign," Mantashe said.

Mantashe also confirmed that they were meeting with the IFP and the EFF on possible coalition deals by he remained mum on the progress made.

"We are not looking at coalitions but we are saying let's work together so that we can help each other.

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The NEC also reiterated their support of the call for zero fee increments at tertiary institutions for 2017.

Student union SAUS has declared that they will shut down all universities, should fees be hiked. 

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