'ANC has the best policies'

Jacob Zuma addressed a crowd of 6,000 party election volunteers and urged them to work hard for 2014.

The ANC's newly elected Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with re-elected ANC President Jacob Zuma, in Mangaung. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC president Jacob Zuma has called on thousands of the party's volunteers for next year's general elections to canvass support so that it can win more than two thirds majorities.

Zuma was speaking at the Gauteng African National Congress's launch of its Moses Kotane Volunteer Brigades ahead of the 2014 national elections on Sunday and told the large crowd that the 2014 national elections rests in their hands.

About 6,000 chanting volunteers welcomed Zuma.

Zuma said the ANC has the best policies and programmes to take the country forward and volunteers must use this to convince voters to support the ruling party.

Zuma said, "Each time we go for elections we must increase the votes, so that we increase the support of the correct policies. And that's the duty of the volunteers. When there is election time, the volunteers must not sleep."

Meanwhile, the Gauteng ANC chair Paul Mashatile who accompanied Zuma said Gauteng province had its election structures in place.

Mashatile said he heard that the DA would attempt to win over Gauteng, but insisted that the ANC was ready to defend the province.

"This is our territory and we are going to make sure that we keep the ANC in power so that it can continue to bring about a better life for our people."

He said they were aiming for a two thirds majority and feel confident about their election strategy which has already been finalised.

Both Zuma and Mashatile wore yellow ANC T-shirt bearing the words "I am an ANC volunteer".

Mashatile appeared to have gained more confidence, expressing the view that the party is going to come out triumphant come next year's general election.

Mashatile has called on all ANC members to make a concerted effort to ensure the party continues to govern in Gauteng.