The ANC leads everywhere – Gwede Mantashe

2015-01-07 13:42

The ANC will use its upcoming 103rd anniversary to “reclaim” the Freedom Charter, which must serve as the basis for its future plans, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

“It is back to basics. This is the year of the Freedom Charter. It is the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter, that is the emphasis because every Jack and Jill claims to be the custodian of the Freedom Charter these days,” Mantashe said in Cape Town today.

“Now we will be giving the country context ... progress made, challenges faced, what should be done practically because it is easy to shout slogans when you have no respect for them.

“The ANC leads, everywhere,” Mantashe told journalists on the sidelines of the last day of a meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee, ahead of anniversary celebrations this weekend.

Mantashe said the party planned to fill the 52 000-capacity Cape Town stadium on Saturday, after days of wrangling with the Democratic Alliance-led local government over regulations governing the use of the venue.

He again accused the DA of using the stadium fees and rules as “apartheid era influx control measures” to keep the ruling party’s supporters away from its birthday bash.

“We will fill the stadium. The ANC is known for filling stadiums.”

President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver a message similar to Mantashe’s in the opposition-led province on Saturday, at the start of a year in which the ANC will try to rebuild support in the Western Cape ahead of the 2016 local government elections.

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