WATCH: Its too late for us, we failed, Zuma says

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President Jacob Zuma

METSIMAHOLO, Free State - President Jacob Zuma says the problems plaguing the alliance have to be resolved.

He was addressing an alliance partner meeting ahead of the Free State&39;s Metsimaholo Municipality by-election.

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This is the first time the South African Communist Party (SACP) will contest an election as a standalone party.

According to Zuma, voters sometimes suffer from fatigue but come back to the ANC afterwards.

He says it is critical that political leaders discuss this.

"I&39;m giving just the background as to say why I thought we should come and say: comrades, it&39;s too late for us, we failed. We accept the blame. We should have intervened earlier. It&39;s too late. Ok, contest, but comrades, whoever wins here, you don&39;t know our discussion on the other side," said Zuma. 

The president called for a discussion in the ANC on how the party relates to power and the way forward.