Zuma hits the road ahead of key lo­cal polls

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

High­light­ing how high the stakes are in next month’s lo­cal elections, South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma him­self took to the stump this week in a town­ship rocked by antigov­ern­ment protests in June.

“On the third of Au­gust, we must all vote ANC,” Zuma on Tues­day told a 1,000-strong crowd in Ham­man­skraal on the out­skirts of Pre­to­ria, re­fer­ring to the African Na­tional Congress. The ANC has been in power since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Zuma said it would be “em­bar­rass­ing” if “other par­ties” took con­trol of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Gaut­eng prov­ince which en­com­passes Johannesburg and Pre­to­ria.

The op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA) hopes to make ma­jor gains in the Au­gust 3 polls by tap­ping into wide­spread dis­con­tent with the state of the coun­try in gen­eral and with Zuma in par­tic­u­lar.

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