Vote to keep ANC in power - Zuma

2016-01-09 18:26
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'President Zuma is in the house!' - Zuma arrives to cheers at Royal Bafokeng Stadium

2016-01-09 14:51

President Jacob Zuma arrived at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg to loud cheers during the ANC's 104th anniversary celebrations. Watch.WATCH

Rustenburg - ANC President Jacob Zuma on Saturday encouraged the party's supporters, especially the youth, to go out and vote in the local government elections.

"We encourage all our people of 18 years to exercise their democratic right and register and vote in the coming local municipal elections," he said at the ANC's January 8th statement in Rustenburg.

"The ANC says to the youth, the future is in their hands and that they must mobilise." 

Zuma called on party members to mobilise "effectively" throughout the country to ensure the ANC secured a decisive victory in the local government elections to be held later this year.

On Friday, Zuma said this year's elections were going to be the toughest for the ruling party.

The ANC is at risk of losing control of metros such as Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Political parties will be vying for control of the country's major issues.

The DA and the EFF have vowed to win control of these metros from the ANC.

Zuma's January 8th statement focused on the ANC's programme of going back to basics.

He told party faithfuls who braved the scorching North West sun that only the ANC could deliver to the people of South Africa and urged members to use the party's policies as the touchstone of their daily lives.

"We must unite all people of South Africa, black and white.

"There is enough room in the ANC for everyone," Zuma said.

Slight distraction

While Zuma was delivering his speech an ANC supporter managed to jump over the stands and run towards the stage. 

The young man, wearing a yellow ANC T-shirt, was tackled by party security.

As security started frog marching him off the field the crowd started booing and shouting when they saw the guards hitting the man.

A scuffle also broke out between the guards and photographers trying to capture the moment.

A second young man dressed in red also started running across the field, waving and laughing as security chased him.

Both were removed from the field.

The incident did not deter Zuma who paused briefly while the incident occurred but then launched back into his address without uttering a word about what happened.

Earlier in the day when Zuma arrived at the stadium, accompanied by ANC leaders including his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, he walked around the field greeting supporters who cheered and waved and the president.

Despite the blazing sun the 44 530 seat stadium was filled to capacity. However, during Zuma's address many filed into the stadium's corridors seeking shelter from the heat.

Other sat with hats and umbrellas.

After his address, Zuma belted out his famous "yinde indlela esihambayo" while the crowd sang along with him.

The day concluded with entertainment from well-known South African artists such as Cassper Nyovest.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  mahikeng  |  local elections 2016  |  politics

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