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ANC addresses its election volunteers

The ANC is addressing its volunteers in Johannesburg ahead of the 2014 general elections.

President Jacob Zuma and Paul Mashatile attend a gathering with ANC volunteers for next 2014 elections. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of people have packed the Standard Bank arena where President Jacob Zuma is expected to address volunteers for next 2014 elections.

ANC members from Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni are all in attendance.

They will be briefed by Zuma and other ANC leaders as to what they are expected to do in the run up to elections.

The Moses Kotane Volunteer Brigade kicked off with a call for unity by the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) whose Gauteng secretary Phutas Tseki said they would mobilise support for the party in 2014.

Tseki said in order to achieve unity the differences between the alliance partners must be acknowledged.

"We acknowledge the absence of Cosatu in the ANC. The absence of the ANC in worker issues and that create these tactical differences which are not fundamental."

The South African Communist Party (SACP) is also expected to deliver a message of support before provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile and Zuma addresses volunteers.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has made it clear that it is targeting Gauteng in the next general elections.

The party is currently in power in the Western Cape and believes it stands a chance of winning Gauteng.