ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said smaller parties that fashioned coalitions with the DA don’t have the public’s interests at heart.

Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, Mantashe said these coalitions were driven by a desire to control powerbefore anything else.

“This scenario represents a reversal of our democratic gains and reassertion of power by our erstwhile colonisers. A coalition government has been established by opposition parties to govern some areas.

“Many of these are not based on principles of serving the people, but rather on the common desire to remove the ANC as a national liberation movement from power at all cost.

“They are characterised by inconsistent messaging that is devoid of any revolutionary commitment to defeat the real enemy of the people, monopoly capital,” he said.

The ANC won outright control of 161 municipalities, however lost support in several councils.

In the Johannesburg and Tshwane metros, no party won outright control of the council however DA candidates were elected as mayors, shifting the power from the ANC to the DA in these metros for the first time since 1994.

Mantashe admitted that discontentment with President Jacob Zuma within constituents did affect the governing party.

“Every negative narrative about President Zuma did hurt the ANC. we tend to acknowledge that upfront,” he said.

Mantashe said one of the ANC’s top priorities was working together and destroying factionalism.

“When your back is up against the wall, the worst thing you’ll be able to do is finger-pointing and hurt each other.

“A number of provinces have been advised, ‘don’t talk negative about the ANC it will come back to haunt you’.”

Mantashe said the party was progressing to begin the process this weekend by paying attention to constituents.

“We know the problems we tend to came across when we are campaigning. Let’s go back to the people and own up where we have erred,” he said.