Zuma says 2016 local elections will be the toughest
Zuma will deliver the ANC’s 8 January statement today which will set out the party’s plan of action.
RUSTENBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) President, Jacob Zuma, said this year's local government elections will be the toughest the party has faced.
He was speaking at a ceremony to mark the ANC's 104th birthday in Rustenburg in the North West province yesterday.
It was one of several programmes that took place this week, in the build up to the main event at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium today, where Zuma will set out the party's political agenda.
Zuma has told party members in Rustenburg that the upcoming local government elections will be tough.
He said in order to succeed, the ANC must listen to people's views and should not force them to accept certain leaders.
"We can't force down their throats our comrades that we love as our friends. We've got to consider their views."
Zuma will deliver the party's 8 January statement today which will set out the party's plan of action for the year.
He has called on members to defend the ANC, adding the youth must be at the forefront.
"At times, if some of us as individuals do the wrong things people who hate the ANC try to take those individuals' shortcomings to be the shortcomings of the ANC; no the ANC remains the ANC."
The ruling party said the programme has been shortened because of the prevailing heat wave.
ZUMA TO FOCUS ON LOCAL ELECTIONS
Zuma is likely to focus on issues affecting local government when he addresses supporters this morning.
During a ceremony celebrating the ANC's 104th birthday yesterday, he warned this year's elections will be the toughest the party has ever faced.
He says the ANC will be going to communities to hear what they want the party to do to improve local government.
"And I'd want representatives of our branches to listen to something on this aspect very attentively but they want the leadership of the ANC to listen even more."
The countries metros will become battlegrounds for political parties in the run up to the elections.
The Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters have vowed to take the Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Nelson Mandela Bay metros from the ANC.
ANC heavyweights have spent the past week mobilising support for the main event, but the party has also been forced to deal with internal issues.
North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo said the birthday celebration in Rustenburg today is evidence that the party is welcome in the mining town.
Mahumapelo was speaking at an ANC Rally in Wonderkop in Marikana yesterday.
He said government has put a sharp focus in revitalising mining towns this year.
"We must develop the mining areas, develop communities that are residing around the mining areas. So Klerksdorp, Orkney, all other areas including Marikana, Rustenburg, Madibeng, we're working on them."