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Zuma: ANC is guided by the Constitution

The president delivered the ruling party’s local election manifesto in Nelson Mandela Bay in PE yesterday.

African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma and the party’s top six leaders arrive to a thunderous applause at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium ahead of the party’s election manifesto launch on Saturday 16 April 2016. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

PORT ELIZABETH - President Jacob Zuma, who is under fire for breaching the Constitution, has told African National Congress (ANC) supporters his party is guided by the Constitution in the way it delivers services to the public.

Zuma told more than 40,000 people at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium yesterday that a vote for the ANC is a vote for the Constitution.

Last month, the country's highest court found the president breached the supreme law in the way he handled the Nkandla spending saga.

The ANC's national leadership has accepted his apology for the frustration and confusion caused by the debacle.

But some branches in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape want Zuma to step down over the matter.

Zuma pledged his party's commitment to the Constitution when he addressed the crowd, saying it guides the work the ANC does.

"Only the ANC is better placed, experienced and determined to bring about more meaningful change to the lives of our people."

WATCH: ANC launches its manifesto

The president has faced calls from both inside and outside his party to resign for breaching the Constitution.

But ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, who hit the campaign trail in the Eastern Cape this week, says the issue is not top of mind for the communities he's interacted with.

"Among 50 people, perhaps two or three will ask it."

Mantashe says nationwide party branch meetings are taking place to discuss the Constitutional Court's ruling.

SACP VOWS TO 'KEEP A CLOSE EYE' ON ANC

The South African Communist Party (SACP) says its structures will ensure ANC ward councillors are held accountable if they fail to provide communities with feedback about service delivery.

The SACP yesterday addressed the crowd at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

It says it will campaign for the ANC to retain control of the metro, and win new wards in other parts of the country.

The party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) form a crucial part of the ANC's election machinery, and the ruling party has become dependent on its alliance partners to win at the polls.

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande says ANC ward councillors should remember that the alliance structures will be monitoring their performance.

"We are confident that the ANC councillors will convene meetings and have report backs."

He says their structures are ready to lead the ANC to victory.

"This municipality is a must win. It's belongs to the ANC historically."

Nzimande also says the ANC and its allies should use the election campaign to unite against factionalism and corruption.

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