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Didiza confident of election victory in Tshwane

Didiza, together with other senior leaders, visited Hammanskraal, Winterveld and Atteridgeville yesterday.

Tshwane Mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza and outgoing mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa during a door-to-door campaign in Hammanskraal. Picture: Twitter: @TshwaneANC

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress' (ANC) Tshwane mayoral candidate, Thoko Didiza, says she has no fears that the ANC will lose the capital city as a result of her appointment.

Didiza was on the campaign trail with ANC President Jacob Zuma and other party leaders in Hammanskraal, Winterveld and Atteridgeville yesterday.

But political analyst Mcebisi Ndletyana says the way the ANC dealt with divisions in Tshwane might cost it at the polls.

"There's the possible failure of members to volunteer to campaign and that affects the overall machinery of the ANC to campaign."

But Didiza, who was brought in to unify the region, says losing Tshwane is not even an option.

"I'm here as a cadre of the ANC. I live in Tshwane and I've got no fears that we'll be able to win Tshwane as the ANC."

Zuma told residents that if the party won the capital city in small margins, it would be in big trouble.

Last month, violent demonstrations broke out over Didiza's appointment, leading to the death of at least five people.

ANC THE ALPHA & OMEGA

Meanwhile, Zuma said people must not be offended when he says the party will rule until Jesus comes back because he's merely stating facts.

The president believes the ANC can't be in competition with other parties because it's both the Alpha and Omega.

"This is the organisation that been there for 104 years. Who can compare to it with all the values or experience in government? It is doing better all the time."

Zuma added the ANC leaders were ordained and blessed by pastors when the party was formed.

To view a story map of how the Tshwane unrest unfolded, click here.