Zuma: We will live or die in Gauteng

President Jacob Zuma says Gauteng cannot be left to parties who don’t know how to run the province.

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

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma says Gauteng cannot be left to parties who don't know how to run the province, and have no policies beyond anger and insults.

Party Chairperson Paul Mashatile says that only the ANC can defend South Africa's democracy, and not any opposition party.

Both leaders were speaking at the ANC's Provincial General Conference (PGC) in in Irene in Pretoria last night, where they called for unity ahead of the local government elections.

Zuma says if the ANC loses Gauteng, it won't be because the opposition is winning more, but because people do not use their power to vote.

"I have tried to listen to what upholds opposition parties. What have they to say? Whether during the elections or Parliament, they have resorted to anger and insults."

He says the Gauteng province is the party's most important metro as it's the face of both the ANC and the country.

"We will live or die in Gauteng. How could we leave that to people who don't even know what they're doing?"