ANC manifesto: Mbombela stadium filled to capacity

By Drum Digital
11 January 2014

The Mbombela Stadium was filled to its 41,000-person capacity on Saturday for the ANC's launch of its election manifesto in Nelspruit.

The stadium was a sea of yellow, green and black as thousands of ANC supporters danced and waved flags.

Party members sang songs as they waited for the event to start.

Those who were not able to get into the stadium would watch the day's events from an overflow area.

A group of ANC supporters on the field carried a coffin made out of cardboard with "RIP Juju [Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema]" spray painted in red on it.

Malema was expelled as ANC Youth League president in 2012.

The road to the stadium was lined with food vendors and others selling ANC regalia.

Police kept an eye on supporters. Traffic was gridlocked along roads surrounding the stadium as minibus taxis, buses and cars ferrying supporters tried to make their way to the event.

"I love the ANC, and I will vote for it again. ANC lives...we are going to make Nelson Mandela very happy," said Benny Mthombeni, 45, draped in ANC colours.

Pensioners and the disabled queued patiently at least 2km from the stadium for transport to ferry them into the venue.

Inside the stadium, crowds went wild as popular dance music blasted through the speakers.

President Jacob Zuma will launch the African National Congress's election manifesto at the stadium.

He will give a detailed description of what the party plans to do in the next five years.

At the manifesto gala dinner on Friday night Zuma said it was a "wonderful manifesto".

The manifesto would look at 20 years of democracy but also at what the party had done in the last five years.

It looked at policies and plans which had helped the country. It also dealt with the National Development Plan, rural development, job creation and the economy, as well as food security, health, education, crime and corruption. - Sapa

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