The former faithful have spoken. The ANC must listen carefully

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The former faithful have spoken. The ANC must listen carefully

Ramaphosa likes to take his time to fix things. Unfortunately the ANC doesn’t have that luxury any more

Editor: TimesLIVE

In the days ahead, there will be a deluge of words about how and why the mighty ANC was humbled by an electorate increasingly finding its voice.

The high priests of the congress movement will, however, quote from the good book: “We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We are crushed, but not destroyed. We are bending, but not breaking.”

It is what those loyal to the green, black and gold colours must say to each other to dust off the obvious rejection from the municipal polls. The ANC is in uncomfortable territory that’s becoming worryingly familiar. It writhed and twisted in pain when it failed to win Joburg, Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Ekurhuleni in the 2016 local elections, even though it ended up running Ekurhuleni and Joburg through tenuous coalitions. This time, the oldest liberation movement in Africa has lost almost all metros except Mangaung in the Free State and Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape. And, for the first time, “the organisation”, as its members call it, has failed to garner over 50% of the total votes. The message from the electorate is unequivocal: do the right thing, or move out the way...

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