The ANC’s decreased majority in the general elections showed that workers sought an alternative to the ruling party, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said on Thursday.
“The 10% loss of votes in Gauteng and a mere 48% of votes in Nelson Mandela Bay spells a disaster for all progressive forces,” said Jim.
“The working class are seeking an alternative to the failed policies of the ANC.”
Numsa’s central committee held a four-day meeting that ended on Thursday.
Jim said it was clear support for the African National Congress had decreased.
“The central committee noted that while the ANC celebrates a 62% victory and lays claim that their support has not shifted below 60% is misleading and completely fallacious.”
He said 64% of South Africans did not vote for the ruling party.
“Out of the total potential and registered voters, analysis of election statistics confirms the ANC has been elected into government by a mere 36% of all those who were eligible to vote.”