ANC will return to basics - Zuma

2015-01-10 14:06
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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 - President Jacob Zuma said at the ANC's 103rd birthday bash on Saturday that he would take the party back to its core values, as set out in the Freedom Charter, and to the basics of good governance.

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This meant providing services, fighting corruption, reviewing tender systems in local government, and working harder to expand poverty relief programmes.

He said local government must be at the forefront of these tasks.

"Every single cadre of our movement must know that his or her responsibility is to make local government function better by getting the basics right - wherever they have been deployed," Zuma said.

To achieve this the ANC's young supporters must emulate the heroes from its history, such as the late ANC Youth League leader Peter Mokaba.

"You must be militant, but disciplined."


He then thanked the ruling party's elderly supporters for their loyalty and said they served as a reservoir of knowledge for the party.

The ANC brought supporters from across the country to the event, which is being held in a city and province ruled by the opposition Democratic Alliance.

In the run-up to the event, Zuma and other leaders have repeatedly taken aim at the DA, saying the Western Cape was governed by "the wrong people", and vowed to claw back support in next year's local government polls.

Earlier, SACP secretary general Blade Nzimande used his speech to fire a broadside at the DA, and also cited the Freedom Charter.

Nowhere does it "refer to our people as refugees", he said in reference to a remark by DA leader Helen Zille .

"The Western Cape And the city of Cape Town continue to be bastions of minority power," Nzimande said.


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