Zuma: Help ANC win CT to end your suffering

President Zuma told locals the ANC has to take back Cape Town in the next government elections.

President Jacob Zuma smiles as he is welcomed by a crowd of Philippi residents in Cape Town on 6 January 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma will continue his charm offensive in the Western Cape as the African National Congress (ANC) tries to rally support ahead of its 103rd birthday celebrations this weekend.

Zuma kicked off the first in a series of public appearances in Philippi, where he was greeted by dozens of residents. He told locals if the ANC did not win back the province they would continue to suffer.

He told locals the party has to take back the Cape Town municipality in the next government elections before winning the province back from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Zuma shares a laugh with the ANC's Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

Zuma is scheduled to visit Franschhoek this afternoon. Other party leaders, including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, will also be deployed to other parts of the Cape, extending a blanket invitation to people to attend the party's anniversary celebrations.

ANC leaders have accused the DA-led City of Cape Town of imposing "draconian" conditions on the use of Cape Town Stadium, aimed at keeping the city "white".

The ANC's 103rd birthday celebrations will be held on Saturday at the stadium.

At the press conference on Monday, Mantashe also accused the DA for postponed the annual Cape Minstrel Parade, which was supposed to take place on 2 January.

"We have noted with concern the attempt by the DA to undermine our celebration through postponement of the Minstrels' event to coincide with our celebration. The decision of the DA-led Cape Town seeks to alienate the ANC by pitting them against a crucial component of our liberation struggle as captured by the spirit and content of the Mistrels activities."

There is a possibility the parade may be staged on Saturday, coinciding with the ANC's main event in central Cape Town, however it now appears the Minstrels want it to take place the following Saturday, subject to application.