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Zuma confident ANC can win back Cape Town

President Jacob Zuma believes internal problems within the ANC in the Western Cape have been resolved.

FILE: ANC President Jacob Zuma arrives in Philippi for a door-to-door campaign. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma says he is confident that the African National Congress (ANC) can win back Cape Town in the upcoming municipal elections.

Zuma hit the campaign trail in several Cape Town communities yesterday.

"It's not just a question of lowering down the percentage or the number, but I think it's a question of the ANC taking over the metro and I think that is backed by facts."

He says that he also believes that the internal problems within the ANC in the Western Cape have been resolved and that the party is firmly focused on next month's elections.

The president says he is convinced that the provincial leadership is united, adding that he there's enough unity within the ANC's Western Cape leadership to secure an election victory.

"The ANC is working hard throughout the country but I think here in the Western Cape they've really pitched the standard. The people I've met were very clear of what they want to do on 3 August."

The question of unity within the provincial structures was raised after provincial chairperson, Marius Fransman, claimed that sexual harassment allegations against him were part of an international plot to oust him.

Some supporters also protested against the current leadership, as they they expressed their unhappiness with ward councillor candidates in some parts of the province.

President Zuma is convinced that the ANC's leadership in the Western Cape has been able to drum up support and persuade voters to go to the polls next month.

He says this proves the leadership is working towards a common goal.

"I found today that the leadership in the Western Cape is united and they're working together in harmony. That, in itself, is an important point for them to uproot in the province."

Zuma says he's been told by many of the people he's visited today that the Democratic Alliance (DA)-run City of Cape Town only delivers for people in more affluent areas.

In 2011, the Democratic Alliance secured victory in the metro with nearly 61% of the vote compared to the ANC's 33%.