ANC in KZN celebrates return of centenary flame

2012-12-31 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal celebrated the return of the party’s Centenary Flame with a prayer, song and dance at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall yesterday.

The occasion was also used to celebrate the re-election of ANC president Jacob Zuma in Mangaung as KZN was his biggest supporter.

The flame had been in the province for a month in April. It will visit all the regions for a last time before it is extinguished by Zuma.

Its return forms part of the activities leading up to the ANC’s 101st anniversary celebration, which will take place at Durban’s King Park Stadium on January 12, 2013. The celebration will also be used to conclude the year-long centenary programme.

The provincial deputy chairperson of the ANC, Willies Mchunu, said the Moses Mabhida region was the first to host the flame and this was the first event organised by the provincial executive committee after the Mangaung conference.

“The ANC remains the hope of the people of South Africa and it has been providing hope for them since 1912,” he said.

Mchunu also used the opportunity to thank the KZN delegates for “displaying wisdom” in terms of policy and organisational issues in Mangaung.

He also commended the discipline shown by the provincial delegation.

He said the KZN leadership took a decision to ban derogatory songs from being sung at the conference and the delegates had heeded the call.

“We had the highest number of delegates in the conference. Even though our delegation had more than 900 delegates and despite being provoked by other provinces, they kept their cool,” he said.

Mchunu told ANC members that Dr Zweli Mkhize, the party’s newly elected treasurer general, would still be a member of the KZN government and the provincial leadership.

The flame left the city centre for the northern suburbs before moving to Greytown.

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