South Africa's ANC wants budget 're-prioritized' after vote losses

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 14, 2016 12:24 PM

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress wants the national budget "re-prioritized" to focus on tackling poverty, unemployment and inequality following local election defeats this month, the party said on Sunday.

The ANC lost its majority in key urban districts including Johannesburg, the municipality encompassing the capital Pretoria and the symbolic Nelson Mandela Bay - its biggest setbacks since coming to power in 1994 at the end of white-minority rule.

The ANC had "listened to the people" and will take bold actions to address shortcomings in its leadership, Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told reporters after a four-day meeting of the party's leadership. Mantashe did not give specifics of changes the ANC would make to the budget.

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(Reporting by Mfunko Toyana; writing by Joe Brock; editing by Mark Heinrich)