'ANC is only party that's been transparent in selection of candidates for elections'

President Jacob Zuma is addressing thousands of supporters at the Gauteng ANC manifesto launch in Soweto.

Thousands of ANC supporters made their way into the FNB Stadium in Soweto for the launch of the party's Gauteng manifesto. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says the African National Congress (ANC) is the only party that has been transparent in its selection of candidates for the local government elections.

#ANCGP A loud cheer from the crowd as #ANC #President #JacobZuma raises his hands upon arrival at the #FNBStadium for the party's #Gauteng manifesto launch. 📸: Reinart Toerien

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Zuma is addressing thousands of supporters at the FNB Stadium where members have gathered for the launch of the Gauteng ANC manifesto.

#ANCGPManifesto Zuma says the ANC is the only organization that is transparent about its selection of candidates to stand for elections. ZN

He says while opposition parties may point to political battles linked to candidate selections, it shows the democracy within the party.

Zuma says it's important to remember that robust debate shows a democracy at work.

"We are the only organisation in this country that is transparent with its processes on identifying and electing councillors."

He says Gauteng is the home of the ANC.

"In no way can we have any other party being in charge of Gauteng instead of the ANC."

Zuma cited the recent confidence shown by ratings agencies, saying this shows that the country's municipalities are run efficiently and the economy is in safe hands.

#ANCGPManifesto Zuma: We present the ANC again to the people of GP to say this movement is ready,able & determined to improve municipalities