Don't let any other party run Gauteng, Zuma tells ANC supporters

2016-06-04 17:50
President Jacob Zuma speaks at Gauteng manifesto launch. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

President Jacob Zuma speaks at Gauteng manifesto launch. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - All members of the ruling party must ensure that the ANC does not lose Gauteng as its headquarters, President Jacob Zuma told thousands of supporters gathered at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

"Gauteng is the home of the ANC. Gauteng must remain the home of the ANC," Zuma said in a stern and matter-of-fact address.

He said, although the party had been formed in Mangaung, its headquarters had been Gauteng throughout all its years of existence.

"In no way can we have another party in charge of Gauteng. You, therefore, have a very serious responsibility to maintain the home of this mighty organisation."

Praise

Zuma emphasised that the ANC needed to win the upcoming local government elections across the country, but highlighted Gauteng as being the most important.

Just before Zuma addressed the crowd around 15:30 on Saturday afternoon, Gauteng Premier David Makhura announced that the party had managed to pull 85 350 ANC supporters to the provincial manifesto launch.

However, after the entertainment had ended and the official programme was underway, a considerable number of supporters could be seen making their way out of the stadium, leaving visibly large open spaces before Zuma was set to address them.

Despite this, Zuma continued to praise the successes of the three metros in the province: Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.

"Gauteng metros continue to shine and the response of international ratings agency indicate that our metros are run efficiently and effectively. We are ready to take this performance forward."

He said the party would continue with this success over the next five years as well.

"We are the only organisation with tried and tested policies and cadres who know how to implement these policies."

'We are the only organisation that is transparent'

Zuma also touched on the transparent process the party had undergone in finalising its list of candidates ahead of the local government elections.

"We are the only organisation that is transparent in its process on identifying and electing councillors. We are proud of this. This is democracy in action."

He said this was not the case for other parties.

"We have never seen other councillors from other people. We don't even know what is happening, how they are elected. In us, some people at times say people are fighting with regards to councillors. They leave one point, that this is democracy at work."

He said the party expected its councillors to convene regular community meetings and would avail themselves "at all times" to explain to their community how far they had gone in implementing promises of the manifesto. They would also explain to communities when they faced challenges, he said.      

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