Crowd cheers for Zuma at ANC anniversary

2015-01-10 12:22
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ANC's 103rd anniversary

Thousands of ANC supporters have gathered at Cape Town Stadium to celebrate the 103rd anniversary of the ruling party.

Cape Town - Party President Jacob Zuma arrived at the Cape Town Stadium just before noon on Saturday for the ANC's 103rd anniversary celebrations.

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The crowd cheered as his arrival was announced. The official programme, with the national anthem and prayers, got under way shortly after noon.

Zuma, who would deliver ANC's much anticipated January 8 statement, was flanked by African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

Greeting the supporters, Zuma walked around the stadium waving at the cheering crowd.

Earlier, the Cape Minstrels entertained thousands of ANC supporters who were gathered for the 103rd anniversary of the ruling party.

The crowd went wild and many grabbed their cellphones to film the colourful parade of minstrels, who danced, blew their trumpets and waved.

The stadium was about 70% full by 11:00 with many still queuing at the turnstiles outside.

Security was tight as hundreds of city law enforcement officers, members of the SA Police Service, private security and ANC marshals maintained law and order.

Bags were searched thoroughly at access control points, slowing down the entry of people into the stadium.

Confident of full house

Earlier, the ANC said Zuma would present his statement before a capacity audience.

"We will fill it. There are just delays with transport and security but people are still coming in," spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

Khoza said ANC supporters were delayed because of problems with trains and were eventually brought into the stadium by bus.

Before noon the religious leaders started arriving at the stadium.

One of those who turned out to celebrate the anniversary was Busisiwe Sibali.

She said she had come all the way from Coega in the Eastern Cape, where she is a ward councillor for the ruling party.

"I came because it is a very important day for our president to deliver this speech and we are campaigning for the 2016 election.

"It is a very important election because you know the DA is in power in this province," she said, referring to next year's local government elections.

Transport

Earlier, the Cape Town city centre was awash with the gold, green and black of the ANC as supporters scrambled to find public transport to get to the venue.

Inside the stadium, DJ Bongz and DJ Finzo had people on their feet jiving to African fusion beats.

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