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ANC says its service delivery record will help retain Gauteng

The party says its service delivery track record will ensure the party retains control of the province.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says its service delivery track record will ensure the party retains control of the province in the upcoming local government elections.

Eligible voters will cast their ballots on 3 August.

The ANC in Gauteng held its Provincial General Council (PGC) at the weekend to assess the state of the organisation since the general elections in 2014, and also discuss its election campaign.

Chairperson Paul Mashatile says the council was a confidence booster.

"We have a programme called Ntirhisano that we use to get into our society, we go to communities to resolve issues. So, we're confident that people, will vote for us because they can see our track record."

'ONLY THE ANC CAN DEFEND SA's DEMOCRACY'

Mashatile said that only the ANC can defend South Africa's democracy, and not any opposition party.

Zuma said 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 said 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?"