Zuma reflects on progress in last five years

The president made reference to achievements at the ANC's final election rally.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has highlighted the ANC's achievements over the past five years, telling South Africans to vote for the governing party while addressing the ANC's final rally before Wednesday's election.

He told the massive crowd at the FNB Stadium that the ANC had made a number of significant achievements.

"To further promote job creation in the new term, the ANC will direct government to buy at least 75 percent of its goods and services from South African producers."

He also said land had been given back to 200,000 families through claims.

Zuma said there had also been progress in providing infrastructure, including power stations.

"The two largest power station build programmes in the country employ more than 14,000 workers each at Medupi and Kusile, with more than half the workforce being young people."

Zuma also said labour laws were protecting workers and the party was growing the economy.

He pointed to the millions of work opportunities government had created and said the ANC would focus on economic growth.

The president said dams and skills had been built, hospitals created and millions of children educated, which sounded more like his State of the Nation Address ( SONA) than a direct campaigning speech.

But, it also fits into the ANC's election message, of a good story to tell.

But the mood was jovial and singers and supporters came out in large numbers.

They said they were behind the president regardless of the money used to upgrade his Nkandla residence.

One ANC supporter said the president's problems were also their problems.

"These challenges are to the president and the ANC as a party and we must support the president."