Western Cape ANC elections head Ebrahim Rasool has conceded defeat in the Western Cape and said that the ANC has accepted that it must be the opposition in the coveted province.
“The ANC has accepted it must be an opposition in the Western Cape, that the DA will govern and that we need to hold the DA accountable over the next five years. That’s our role we must play in opposition,” said Rasool.
The DA attained 55% of the vote, down from 2014’s 59%. The ANC meanwhile went from 32% in 2014 down to 28%.
The electorate has said it wants the ANC to be in opposition; it should be a good opposition and hold the DA accountable. We should not wish that we were in government but we should act like the opposition mandate that we have received and I think that that really is the story of the election.
Speaking on future plans for the party in the province, Rasool said they needed a strong organisation in the province.
We need to be able to get back to the ground like we did in the campaign and continue that work to build real strong branches. Not just branches that are quora-ting for [national elective] conference but branches that can represent the will of the African National Congress and then we have to get leaders who can be trusted, not leaders that the people believe are not up to the task, are not interested in the people but interested in positions and themselves
Ebrahim Rasool, ANC head of elections in the Western Cape, says the electorate has said it is “not ready” for the party in the province. He added that electorate wants “reform” and wants the ANC to be opposition @TeamNews24 #Elections2019results #ElectionResults #SAElections2019 pic.twitter.com/wufiXhbnts
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