Jessie Duarte: ANC has listened and it will respond

The ANC says while it acknowledges challenges it faces as a party it says all that has been buried.

President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wave to the thousands of ANC supporters in the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg for the party's final rally ahead of the 2016 local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

Johannesburg - African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte says one message the party wants to send out today at its Siyanqoba Rally is that the "ANC has listened and it will respond," asking South Africans to give it another chance.

Duarte says there are ANC supporters who raised issues with the party and is glad they haven't abandoned it.

She says ANC supporters will show their love to the movement at next week's polls and has assured them all issues and concerns raised, will be dealt with after elections.





Party supporters are filling up the Emirates Airline Park stadium ahead of President Jacob Zuma's address.



The ANC says while it acknowledges challenges it faces as a party it says all that has been buried.











SECURITY BATTLING CROWD

Outside the Emirates Airline Park security guards have their hands full with supporters who are forcing their way into the stadium.

With the 62,000 seater arena already full officials are no longer allowing supporters in a decision that has been met with resistance by the crowds

Frustrated supporters at the stadium have forced open a gate demanding to be part of today's rally.

Shortly before they broke the lock, supporters told guards that they are here by invitation and should be allowed in.

Moments later, hundreds of people were running into the arena leaving guards with their hands full.

Following two forced entries gates have now been opened to allow in those who want to participate.