The ruling party is said to be going back to the drawing board for the ANC following the recent local government elections.

Says party national chairperson, Baleka Mbete.

Mbete while speaking at the 33rd anniversary celebrations of United Democratic Front in Cape Town.

She said the NEC is currently locked in meetings to try to figure out what went wrong at the polls.

ANC veterans said it’s time now to act to save the soul of the governing party.

“The truth that we are faced with today is not pretty but you know what, it went there on our watch. You and I let it happen. If we are unhappy about what the ANC is today, let us fix it on our watch,” said ANC veteran,Cheryl Carolus.

About 200 supporters attended the United Democratic Front celebrations, hosted by the ANC.

The front co-ordinated mass action against the apartheid regime.

Party members called on the leadership to take steps to regain vital support around the country.

The key metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay were all lost to DA-led coalitions.

Mbete said the party’s NEC is currently locked in meetings to figure out a way forward.

“Some of what is being reflected are strange elements and ways of behaviour that wrong, that are not in keeping with the values of the National African Congress and that is the detail we are seeking as we engage without branches and our people on the ground,” Mbete said.

The chairperson says the party will report back to members, once it’s completed its assessment.