ANC celebrated the 60th anniversary of Freedom Charter

By Drum Digital
27 June 2015

The ANC commemorated 60 years of the Freedom Charter on Friday.

The ANC commemorated 60 years of the Freedom Charter on Friday, less than 24 hours after President Jacob Zuma released the final report on the shooting at Marikana more than two years ago, reported News24.

The event was held at the same site where the Charter was adopted on June 26 1955 in Kliptown, Soweto.

ANC members and supporters gathered in a white tent at Walter Sisulu Square to celebrate the anniversary with some of the party's top officials and stalwarts.

Zuma received a rousing welcome from the party faithful, most dressed in ANC T-shirts, who waved and cheered as he made his way through the tent.

During his keynote address, Zuma took the opportunity to speak about Marikana ,calling on political parties not to use the tragedy for political posturing.

"This national tragedy brought back the pain and the shock that engulfed not only the families, but the nation at large," he said.

The president was joined by the ANC's top six officials at the commemoration event.

Ramaphosa also received a warm welcome from people at the event when he arrived earlier in the day.

ANC stalwarts Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada joined the top officials on the stage.

The party's national chairperson Baleka Mbete convinced Madikizela-Mandela to address the crowd on behalf of the veterans.

When she approached the podium people cheered and clapped. She then started leading everyone in song.

"It's safe to say this day we recommit ourselves to the values of those leaders who sat here on an open veld and declared that we were going to have a freedom charter... today we remember all of our leaders," Madikizela-Mandela said.

"We are here because of them."

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