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Madikizela-Mandela confident that ANC will win elections

African National Congress (ANC) veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is confident that the party will win in the Local Government Elections in August.

Addressing the media at her home in Soweto, Madikizela-Mandela said the ANC has gone through worse periods and survived.

Gauteng ANC leaders paid her a visit as part of their election campaigning.

Madikizela-Mandela urged South Africans to vote for the ANC as a gesture of thanksgiving.

“I am happy to see all of you, I haven’t fought with any of you because I haven’t seen you in so long the media, so I am actually delighted you are here.”

The struggle icon was in high spirits at her Soweto home. It has been a while since she was in public, particularly after her hospitalisation a few weeks ago.

ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile helped her down the stairs where a crowd of ANC supporters and a strong media contingent waited.

Madikizela-Mandela, who looked strong and radiant, has clearly been keeping up to date with current affairs.

“It’s very difficult times for the ANC, I am actually here to tell my people in South Africa to do the right thing and vote for the right revolutionary movement, the people’s revolutionary movement.”

She also expressed concern over the violence that has been associated with this election.

“The tragedy of killing candidates which now seems to be the norm in our country particularly in KwaZulu-Natal.”

Mashatile and the ANC’s Johannesburg mayoral candidate Parks Tau paid Madikizela-Mandela a visit as part of their election campaign.

Johannesburg and other metros are seen to be up for grabs in this election and the ANC is pulling out all the stops to avoid this.

The party has even roped in veterans such as former president Kgalema Motlanthe and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada to convince the voters that the ANC is still the party of choice.

Tau says they expect their efforts to pay off.

“The campaign has been gruelling to say the least, but we are confident of victory as ANC in Johannesburg.”

The 2016 Local Government Election is billed as the toughest yet. A number of metros including Jo’burg are speculated to be up for grabs and the change in dynamics, including the entry of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has made parties such as the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ANC find ways of wooing voters back.

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