Zuma to deliver ANC's January 8th statement

2016-01-09 07:27
President Zuma dancing at the ANC's 104th anniversary bash. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

President Zuma dancing at the ANC's 104th anniversary bash. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Rustenburg - The ANC is expecting to fill the 44 530 seats of the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in the North West on Saturday where President Jacob Zuma will deliver the party's January 8th statement.

Party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said people had even been sleeping on buses since Thursday night because accommodation in Rustenburg and surrounding areas was fully booked.

"People are coming to celebrate with their own organisation. It's their heritage, it's the African pride.

"We are told buses and buses from Mpumalanga and Free State and Gauteng are all on their way because people can't wait to come, given the vibe and excitement created around this event," he said.

Kodwa was confident that the event would be a festival and a "humdinger".

At a gala dinner held at Sun City on Friday night, Zuma said the January 8th statement would identify the central challenges, responsibilities and tasks of the African National Congress for the year ahead.

The country will hold its local government elections later this year.

Zuma on Friday warned that this would be the toughest election for the ANC.

The ANC turned 104 on Friday and celebrated its birthday in the North West.

Throughout the week party officials have been in the province conducting walkabouts and meeting people from different sectors.

There has also been some controversy as Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman was accused of sexual harassment.

A complaint was laid at a police station in Rustenburg on Tuesday.

North West police confirmed a case had been opened and was being investigated. Once investigations had been concluded, a decision would be made on whether someone would be charged, police spokesperson Colonel Sebata Mokgwabone said on Friday.

Fransman has spoken out saying he knew the woman who laid the complaint against him, but denied harming her in any way.

Kodwa also confirmed that the party was aware of the situation and had spoken to Fransman. It would wait for the outcome of the police investigation.

However, the ANC Women's League has pledged to support the woman who lodged the complaint.

The ANC Western Cape leadership is expected to meet on Saturday afternoon to discuss the allegations.

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