Several politicians have mocked ANC elections head Fikile Mbalula for his “denial” of the ruling party’s defeat in Gauteng metros this week.
Mbalula lamented the ANC’s performance in the local government elections and the nature of coalition talks in a lengthy social media post. The ANC, he claims, won the regions, but opposition parties “ganged up” on them.
The ANC received the most votes in Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Ekurhuleni, but not enough to form a majority government in any of the metros. As a result of the EFF, ActionSA, and other opposition parties voting for the DA candidates, their candidates lost in all three metros.
“We didn’t lose elections, we lost to coalitions because of our failure to garner [an] outright majority to govern,” said Mbalula.
We didnt lose elections we lost to coalitions bcos of our failure to ganer outright majority to govern. #coalitions
— FIKILE MBALULA | MR FIX (@MbalulaFikile) November 24, 2021
In response to Mbalula’s claim, EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu told him to “accept the obvious.”
“The ANC lost the 2021 local government elections and will be taken out of power in all major provinces and national government in 2024,” said Shivambu.
“If the arrogance and detachment continue, the ANC will perish forever.”
Cde Mbaks. It doesn’t help to refuse to accept the obvious. The ANC lost the 2021 Local Government Elections and will be taken out of power in all major provinces and national government in in 2024. If the arrogance & detachment continues, the anc will perish forever! FACT! https://t.co/IyY0i58ykG pic.twitter.com/HYfHDb3ZyO
— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) November 24, 2021
Mmusi Maimane, leader of the SA Movement, described Mbalula as a “certified loser” who was in denial.
“You are in denial. The turntables will not spin. Your party lost millions of votes. Your party lost metros,” he said.
You are in denial. The turntables will not spin. Your party lost millions of votes. Your party lost metros. pic.twitter.com/5dy4ZMRmPy
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) November 24, 2021
Mzwanele Manyi of the African Transformation Movement mocked Mbalula for allegedly not understanding what a lack of an outright majority to govern meant. “Can someone please explain very slowly to Mbalula that failure to garner outright majority to govern is the same as losing elections? So, Ramaphosa’s ANC lost twice: it lost the elections and it also lost on coalitions. Sadly it’s a double whammy,” he said.
Can someone please explain very slowly to Cde Mbaks that failure to garner outright majority to govern is the same as losing elections.
So, Ramaphosa’s ANC lost twice.
It lost the elections and it also lost on coalitions. Sadly it’s a double whammy. pic.twitter.com/ef3mYr7nRY
— Mzwanele Manyi (@MzwaneleManyi) November 24, 2021