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Zuma urges citizens to vote ANC because it has superior policies

Jacob Zuma was on the campaign trail in Soweto yesterday and addressed supporters in Thokoza Park.

President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters during an ANC rally in Port Elizabeth on 23 July 2016 ahead of the municipal elections. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Political parties are to step up their efforts over the next 48 hours to try and win the support of voters in next week's local government elections.

President Jacob Zuma has already been hard at work, calling on South Africans to vote for the African National Congress (ANC) because it has superior policies compared to others parties and it's the party that brought freedom.

Zuma was on the campaign trail in Soweto yesterday and addressed supporters in Thokoza Park.

The president said the ANC's policies are more advanced than other parties.

"The ANC still has superior policies to other parties."

He said people must vote for the ANC because of its good track record.

"We're doing things that were never done by anyone before and we've a programme and a plan for the country."

He told supporters the party is the only one in the country with the interests of black people at heart.

CONFUSED BLACK VOTERS

Zuma said there are confused black people who voted for the Democratic Alliance (DA) and that many of them are now "coming home" to the ANC.

He's branded the DA the "brainchild of apartheid".

Zuma said the DA does not have the interests of black people at heart.

He believes black people that voted for the party now think otherwise, but says he's glad many of those confused [people] are coming back home.

He said black people must remember what Nelson Mandela said about the DA when he called it a party of white bosses and black stooges.

Meanwhile, parties have organised major rallies this weekend. The Economic Freedom Fighters will be in Polokwane tomorrow and the ANC at Ellis Park.

The governing party and the opposition have spent the past few days on the campaign trail.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the Alexandra township is the home for many ANC legends who have served the party and it continues to enjoy support from the community.

Yesterday, Mantashe went on a door-to-door campaign in the area.

Mantashe said losing the Johannesburg region is not an option.

"Even if it means we must work until midnight on 2 August that's what we must do."

Bheki Cele, who has also been on the campaign trail in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, said there is no need to be worried about other political parties.

"Why should I be worried? I'm dealing with the African National Congress, why should I be worried about other stuff from other people?"

Officials held a gathering at the Alexandra stadium after the walkabout, ahead of the ANC's final Siyanqoba Rally tomorrow.