President Jacob Zuma feels that the 2016 municipal elections will be the toughest the ruling party has faced yet.
Addressing the ANC’s 104th birthday celebrations in Rustenburg, Zuma urged party officials to visit local communities to listen to their plight.
“This coming local elections are going to be tougher than before. I want the representatives of branches and leadership to listen attentively to the people as we go out. We serve the people and we cannot ignore our people’s views,” he said to loud applause.
“We cannot force down their throats, our friends and the comrades we love.”
On Wednesday, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the SA Communist Party (SACP) warned the ANC not to impose unwanted local councillors onto voters.
Imposing unwanted councillors would divide communities, SACP secretary Blade Nzimande said during the 21st commemoration of SACP leader Joe Slovo’s death in Soweto.