ANC to select mayors to cater to people's needs, says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma addressed supporters in Soweto where the Gauteng ANC launched its election manifesto.

ANC President Jacob Zuma addressed thousands of party supporters during their Gauteng manifesto launch at the FNB stadium in Soweto on 4 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says the African National Congress (ANC) will select mayors who will cater to the needs of the people.

Zuma addressed members at the 96,000-seater FNB Stadium where the Gauteng ANC launched its election manifesto.

"The performance by councillors will be closely monitored. We will deploy mayors who understand what people want and need and what the economic hub of our country, Gauteng, needs."

He says Gauteng is the ANC's home, adding that supporters had the responsibility to fill up the stadium today.

The president also says ANC is the only party that has been transparent in its selection of candidates for the local government elections.

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."

Some ANC members could be seen walking out during the address, which organisers have attributed to people thinking their buses would leave.

Zuma says the recent confidence shown by ratings agencies demonstrates that municipalities are well-run.

Meanwhile, Gauteng ANC Chairperson Paul Mashatile has urged supporters at the event today to conduct themselves peacefully and adhere to the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) rules during the upcoming elections.

Pictures by Reinart Toerien/EWN.