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Zuma: People must choose their leaders

Jacob Zuma delivered the ANC’s January 8th Statement in Rustenburg on Saturday.

A screengrab picture showing President Jacob Zuma at the ANC 104th birthday celebration at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 9 January 2016.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC President Jacob Zuma says the ruling party will make sure communities have a say in who leads them as the country heads towards local government elections this year.

Zuma delivered the ANC's January 8th Statement in Rustenburg in the North West on Saturday.

He addressed thousands of supporters who braved scorching temperatures to attend their 104 birthday celebrations.

Zuma received a rousing welcome, but his speech was interrupted a few times but two men who ran into the pitch before they were apprehended by security.

The ANC has sent a message to its branches ahead of the upcoming local government elections which will most likely be the toughest for the party yet.

During his speech, Zuma reiterated people must be able to choose their leaders.

"The community is then given an opportunity to interrogate these nominees and to give their views on who must be the candidate."

Zuma told crowd gathered at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium that this is the year of advancing people's power.

He says communities must demand consistent and constructive feedback from their councillors.