Thousands of ANC supporters made their way to the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit today, where the party is scheduled to unveil its election manifesto. They wore ANC regalia and sang revolutionary songs as they walked to the venue. The road to the stadium was lined with food vendors and others enterprising people selling ANC memorabilia. Police kept an eye on the supporters and traffic was gridlocked along roads surrounding the stadium as minibus taxis and buses ferrying supporters arrived in droves. “I love the ANC, and I will vote for it again. ANC lives ... we are going to make [former president] Nelson Mandela very happy,” said Benny Mthombeni (45), who was draped in ANC colours. Pensioners and the disabled waited patiently about 2km from the stadium for transport to ferry them into the venue. Inside the stadium, the crowd cheered as popular dance music blasted through the speakers. The day’s proceedings were expected to start with cultural performances.