‘ANC support is decreasing’ – Mabuyane 

By Anita Dangazele

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has admitted that even though the ANC has secured a majority in the province, it is not as strong as it used to be.

The party’s support in the province is slowly waning. In 2019, it got 68.74% of the votes. In the 2024 general election, its support declined to 62.16%.

Mabuyane said the party needed to hit the ground running to continue ruling the province.

“People have given the ANC 30 years and six terms,” Mabuyane said. “The decline of the ANC is in relation to how the ANC is also handling other issues.”

“We were not at our utmost best [in the elections]. Having less than 50 wards out of 715 nominating [candidates for the National Assembly and the legislature] successfully was a red [warning] sign.” 

Mabuyane said that although much needed to be done going into the seventh administration, he wouldn’t make any drastic changes.

“I really subscribe to the phrase ‘why fix it if it’s not broken?’ But we cannot rest if our people are still jobless and in poverty,” he said.

Mabuyane has yet to announce his cabinet. 

It also remains to be seen who will replace former health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth, who was recently sworn in as an MP.

Pictured above: Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane is sworn into office in the provincial legislature.

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