President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated that the needs of South African citizens ought to be put first.
Ramaphosa was engaging political parties during a national assembly following the sensational outcomes at the polls.
Ramaphosa said the national government will lend municipalities assistance to ensure they fulfil their responsibilities.
South Africans on social media tore into the president’s remarks and questioned his supposed sudden about-turn.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is requesting leaders from all the parties to put the needs of South Africans beyond their own or those of politics.
His comments were sparked by the sensational outcomes from the local government elections, where the African National Congress (ANC) walked away as anything but the behemoth party of recent times.
Ramaphosa was giving answers to questions posed to him in the National Assembly after the local polls resulted in an estimated 70 hung municipal councils, TimesLIVE reported on Thursday.
In response to how the government hopes to ensure stability, Ramaphosa, first making a huge concession, told Members of Parliament (MPs) the outcome of the elections showed the country was finding its power.
IOL reported that from the eight metros in the country, the governing party only has an outright majority ruling over Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape and Mangaung in the Free State.
ANC scraped through at the last minute to salvage KwaZulu-Natal’s eThekwini after Abantu Batho Congress, among other smaller parties, banded with the party in an alliance.
“We must accept what citizens have shown they want regardless of [our feelings]. The country has not experienced the most favourable minority rule at a local government level, but we must now make it work,” Ramaphosa said
“For the sake of the country, we must ensure that the new coalition governments provide the services that people need. Ultimately, this, among others, will depend on the commitment, and capabilities of those running these municipalities,” he said.
Ramaphosa reiterated that the national government will support all local councils to ensure they fulfil their mandate, which is to serve the people.
There was an air of skepticism surrounding the views expressed by South Africans, who took to social media to question Ramaphosa’s optimistic stance.