Zuma: For now, the ANC must focus on winning elections

President Jacob Zuma has spoken out about the unrest in Tshwane last month.

President Jacob Zuma today campaigned in Tshwane with mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza and ANC regional leaders. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has spoken out about the unrest in Tshwane last month over the appointment of Thoko Didiza as mayoral candidate, saying African National Congress (ANC) members must focus on winning elections for now.

Zuma today campaigned in the capital city together with Didiza and the party's regional leaders.



Last month, violent demonstrations broke out over Didiza's appointment.

Five people were killed.

President Zuma says he knows there were issues in Tshwane when Didiza was appointed mayoral candidate.

ANC leaders have held internal meetings with branches from areas around the capital calling on members to rally behind Didiza.

Zuma says for now the focus must be on elections.

"We've said to the people in Tshwane, where there are complaints and concerns even after 3 August the ANC will address those issues."



He says his presence in the capital city is part of the ANC's attempts to deal with the issues facing the region.