ANC anniversary festivities begin

2011-01-08 08:48

Thousands of people wearing yellow ANC T-shirts and blowing vuvuzelas converged on the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane today ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s yearly January 8 statement.

Bus and taxi loads of people were seen arriving at the stadium amid a high police presence.

As distinguished guests and well known performers began arriving they received a rapturous applause and blast of vuvuzelas.

Zuma’s yearly January 8 statement is traditionally the start of the political year, where one can expect the president to detail what he expects the party to achieve.

Last night at a gala dinner of the Progressive Business Forum, Zuma said the party’s association with working movements and communists was nothing new.

The alliance between the ANC, workers and the communist party has been a subject of analysis and debate over many years.

Mkhonto We Zizwe veterans marched into the stadium with a yellow, green and black cake to celebrate the party’s 99th anniversary.

Loud music, cheering and the blowing of vuvuzelas filled the stadium.

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