Rustenburg – ANC President Jacob Zuma on Saturday
encouraged the party’s supporters, especially the youth, to go out and vote in
the local government elections.
“We encourage all our people of 18 years to exercise
their democratic right and register and vote in the coming local municipal
elections,” he said at the ANC’s January 8th statement in Rustenburg.
“The ANC says to the youth, the future is in their
hands and that they must mobilise.”
Zuma called on party members to mobilise
“effectively” throughout the country to ensure the ANC secured a
decisive victory in the local government elections to be held later this year.
On Friday, Zuma said this year’s elections were going to
be the toughest for the ruling party.
The ANC is at risk of losing control of metros such as
Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.
Political parties will be vying for control of the country’s
The DA and the EFF have vowed to win control of these
metros from the ANC.
Zuma’s January 8th statement focused on the ANC’s
programme of going back to basics.
He told party faithfuls who braved the scorching North
West sun that only the ANC could deliver to the people of South Africa and
urged members to use the party’s policies as the touchstone of their daily
“We must unite all people of South Africa, black and
“There is enough room in the ANC for everyone,”
While Zuma was delivering his speech an ANC supporter
managed to jump over the stands and run towards the stage.
The young man, wearing a yellow ANC T-shirt, was tackled
by party security.
As security started frog marching him off the field the
crowd started booing and shouting when they saw the guards hitting the man.
A scuffle also broke out between the guards and
photographers trying to capture the moment.
A second young man dressed in red also started running across
the field, waving and laughing as security chased him.
Both were removed from the field.
The incident did not deter Zuma who paused briefly while
the incident occurred but then launched back into his address without uttering
a word about what happened.
Earlier in the day when Zuma arrived at the stadium,
accompanied by ANC leaders including his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, he walked
around the field greeting supporters who cheered and waved and the president.
Despite the blazing sun the 44 530 seat stadium was
filled to capacity. However, during Zuma’s address many filed into the
stadium’s corridors seeking shelter from the heat.
Other sat with hats and umbrellas.
After his address, Zuma belted out his famous “yinde
indlela esihambayo” while the crowd sang along with him.
The day concluded with entertainment from well-known
South African artists such as Cassper Nyovest.