Report: Zuma says ANC will rule forever

The president reportedly made the comments to ANC supporters in Mpumalanga.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma addresses the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Summit at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, 3 October 2013. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has reportedly claimed the ANC will rule "forever and ever."

According to the City Press newspaper, the president made the comments to ANC supporters in Mpumalanga on Wednesday.

"We will continue to run this government forever and ever, whether they like it or not," Zuma was quoted saying.

He reportedly made the statement in isiZulu at the Kanyamazane township while on the campaign trail ahead of general elections.

The paper said Zuma told supporters that detractors were simply dreaming when they said the ANC would lose support in the polls.

"There are those who say the ANC will not win because people no longer love it. We are going to hammer them. They are dreaming while they are awake. When a person dreams while they walk it means they are unwell."

Zuma reportedly also referred to the latest matric results as proof the ANC is succeeding.

"Do you know what caused that? We saw that education needed a foundation. We built it and it will never be weak again."

The publication says he then hit out at those who've questioned the legitimacy of the results, saying those people still believe blacks are incapable of achieving academic success.

"I heard a white person saying 'There should be an investigation, they can't pass like this.' They are still suffering from that old thing … that a black person is not smart."

Zuma also told voters to avoid smaller parties as casting a ballot in their favour was as good as "throwing your vote."

The ANC is currently celebrating its 102nd birthday and will officially launch its campaign in Mbombela on Saturday.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu refused to comment on the issue.