Zuma: ANC must approach local govt elections like an army

The president is addressing the Gauteng’s ANC provincial general conference in Irene, Pretoria.

ANC President Jacob Zuma alongside Susan Shabangu and Paul Mashatile at the ANC PCG. Picture: Twitter: @GautengANC

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has told the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng that they have to approach the 3 August local government elections like an "army".

The president is addressing the Gauteng ANC's provincial general conference in Irene, Pretoria.

He says the ANC must be ready to defeat the enemy in elections.

"Your weapon must be better than the enemy, a superior military plan."

Zuma also emphasised the importance of winning at the polls.

"If we win elections by a wide margin, we have power, the power to change even law."

The meeting comes after the ANC in the province called on the president to 'do the right thing', following a Constitutional Court ruling that he failed to uphold the Constitution in his handling of the Nkandla saga.

It also comes ahead of the local government elections, where both the Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters aim to take support from the ANC in Johannesburg and Tshwane.

A supporter earlier said they were eager to hear Zuma's plans on how to move on the campaign trail.

"As we approach local government elections in August, we are expecting them to tell us the history and give us the way forward and approach as well."