President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe at the party's Siyanqoba rally at Ellis Park Stadium last week. Picture: Rumana Akoob
President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe at the party's Siyanqoba rally at Ellis Park Stadium last week. Picture: Rumana Akoob

No other party can rule SA, says Zuma

By Gertrude Makhafola Time of article published Jul 31, 2016

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Johannesburg – No other political party is capable of governing South Africa except the African National Congress, President Jacob Zuma told thousands of supporters in Johannesburg on Sunday.

He addressed ANC supporters who filled the 62-000-seat Fly Emirates Stadium for the ANC’s “Siyanqoba” rally ahead of the August 3 municipal polls. Zuma attacked the Democratic Alliance which governs the Western Cape.

“No other party can govern this country… not even a white party with stooges. The ANC must win back Cape Town and make sure transformation reaches that part as well… Cape Town is a tale of two cities, where the needs of rich are prioritised those of the poor are not… the ANC will work hard to win Cape Town,” he said.

South Africa had changed for the better over the years. Metropolitan municipalities, such as Tshwane and Ekurhuleni, were efficiently governed under the ANC, with Tshwane having transformed by renaming its streets after the country’s heroes.

“Tshwane has done very well in investing in youth development. It is a city with free wifi, especially for our you and students to keep them connected to each other and the world at large,” Zuma said.

The municipal elections on Wednesday have been described as the country’s most highly contested elections since 1994.

The ANC is facing fierce competition from opposition parties, such as the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters, for a share in the country’s municipalities this year.

The two largest opposition parties have been making inroads and gaining support in the highly contested metropolitan municipalities of Johannesburg, Tshwane (Pretoria), and Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth).

African News Agency

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