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ANC 109th anniversary: No cake or bubbly leaves space for introspection

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Chief Albert Luthuli House, the ANCs headquarters, photographed on October 10, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Antonio Muchave)
Chief Albert Luthuli House, the ANCs headquarters, photographed on October 10, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Antonio Muchave)

This year the ANC's January 8 statement will be similar to when OR Tambo delivered the party's first birthday message almost 50 years ago - a quieter affair than recent engagements, writes Carien du Plessis.

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