Johannesburg - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal was humbled by the support of voters who brought it back into power for the next four years and pledged to work with other parties for peace and stability, provincial chairman Senzo Mchunu said on Saturday.

“Today we pledge that we will repay the confidence that our people have put on us by ensuring that we deepen the gains of service delivery, peace and stability,” he said at the Moses Mabhida stadium.

The only dark cloud was the fatal shooting of an ANC supporter outside a voting station in KwaDukuza on Wednesday.

“We have noted with shock and sadness as the ANC the incident in KwaDukuza in which one of our volunteers Thandi “Nu” Mhlongo was gunned down.

“We wish to send our deepest condolences to the family of comrade Thandi for the sad loss which has somewhat spoilt what would have been a relatively incident free elections.”

Mchunu said despite winning, the ANC believed there was no time for complacency.

“The task that lies ahead of us to accelerate service delivery requires all of us to work together.

“The time to take KwaZulu-Natal to another level is now. This means that all of us have a duty to put our collective shoulder to the wheel understanding the enormity of work that still needs to be done in this province to deal with the backlogs of service delivery.”

He pledged to work with all the political parties in the province for change and prosperity.

“We believe that the challenges facing our province require all the parties to work in unison understanding that it is only when we work together as a collective that we can overcome the challenges facing this province.”

He said the ANC would use its victory as a springboard to completely liberate the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

“We cannot afford to permanently bask in the sun of our victory for ever. Neither can we afford to slip up from this political pedestal we have reached.

“Our people have entrusted us with a clear mandate to consolidate and increase service delivery in our province. Let us all ensure that this begins today,” he said. - Sapa