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ANC will work with black professionals towards transforming economy - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma said it’s important to remember that robust debate shows a democracy at work.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, ANC President Jacob Zuma, Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa dance during the party's Gauteng manifesto launch on 4 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says the African National Congress (ANC) will work with black professionals and the business community towards transforming and de-racialising the economy.

Zuma addressed the party's Gauteng manifesto launch at the FNB Stadium yesterday, saying the ANC is the only organisation to move the country forward.

Shortly before he took the podium, Premier David Makhura announced the stadium had filled to over 80 000 people.

Zuma was greeted by loud cheers as he entered the stadium. He began his speech by reminding members that Gauteng was the heart of the ANC.

"That the ANC is the only organisation with historic mission to change this country."

He highlighted the confidence shown by the rating agencies throughout his speech.

"The positive response of rating agencies indicates that they realise that we're a nation at work."

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The president said burning of infrastructure when people are aggrieved should not be acceptable in our working democracy.

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

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

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

Zuma said 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.

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