Former African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma has pleaded with party members and supporters, who might be unhappy with internal party matters, to resolve their grievances internally instead of punishing the party.

Zuma led the party’s election campaign in eMpangeni on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, where he embarked on a door-to-door campaign and later held a mass meeting in Esikhaleni Township.

Scores of ANC members and supporters joined Zuma as he walked door to door and later attended a mass meeting to garner support ahead of the May general elections.

Addressing the crowd, Zuma has called on party members and supporters to resolve their concerns internally.

“There is no one who doesn’t make mistake. If you don’t make mistake it means you are doing nothing. If (you) have stepped on thorns, you stop and remove a thorn and continue with your journey. If there are problems in the ANC, resolve them inside the ANC, because every home has its own problems.”

Zuma has also called on voters to be patient with the ruling party, saying correcting the legacy of apartheid cannot be done overnight.

“The damage caused in this country has lasted for decades and to correct the damage will take longer. You can’t then dump the party that fought for freedom, which put together a plan to change the lives and give your vote to a small party. Don’t waste your vote, because your votes are very important. During election time it’s like during spring where every bird is whistling.”

The former ANC president is expected to continue with the party’s campaign in other parts of the province.