Zuma praises ANC-run metros in last elections push speech

2016-07-31 22:25
(Mpho Raborife, News24)

Johannesburg - ANC President Jacob Zuma has told party supporters at its last elections rally that they must vote ANC to continue “building our metros”.

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Zuma was addressing thousands of supporters at the ANC Siyanqoba Rally at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Sunday.

The ANC president praised the party’s work in the metros it currently governs, but criticized DA-run Cape Town.

“Johannesburg metro, the headquarters of the ANC, has received many international accolades for the good work that has been done,” Zuma said.

“In the Free State, Mangaung metro, the birthplace of the ANC, has renovated tourist attractions in the city. It has a great future under the ANC.

“The beautiful Cape Town is a tale of two cities.

"There is a Cape Town that caters for the needs of the rich and wealthy, and another which leaves the poor un-serviced and undeveloped.

"The ANC will work to win back this city so that the poor can also be taken seriously.”

Tshwane 'well-run'

Zuma even praised the Tshwane metro, despite large-scale protests against ANC ward and mayoral candidates last month from the party’s own voter base.

“Our well-run capital city, Tshwane Municipality, has done very well in investing in youth development. 

“Tshwane is also transforming the face of the city with street names that reflect the heroes and heroines of our struggle.

“It is a great South African city with a very bright future under the leadership of the ANC.”

He also criticized the opposition DA, claiming the party "only cares for blacks on the eve of the elections".

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Zuma finished his speech by emphasizing the party’s desire to advance “people power”, and called on all its supporters to continue to support "their movement" come August 3.

“We have walked the streets of this country. We have visited every village, every town, every city.

“We have been to thousands of homes. We have heard you.

“Millions of our people must vote ANC on the day, and enable their movement to continue improving the lives of our people.

“Every vote counts,” he finished.

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