ANC faithful brave North West sun ahead of Zuma address

People arrive for the January 8 statement celebrations at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)
People arrive for the January 8 statement celebrations at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Rustenburg - ANC supporters dressed in yellow T-shirts streamed into the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in the North West on Saturday morning ahead of the party's January 8th statement.

Thousands of people braved the scorching North West sun to hear ANC president Jacob Zuma deliver his address.

Supporters dressed in party regalia wore hats with ANC insignia and used umbrellas to shelter themselves from the heat.

Besides listening to the president, supporters will be entertained by two of South Africa's biggest hip-hop stars AKA and Cassper Nyovest.

People cheered when asked if they were ready.

The ANC is expecting to fill the 44 530 capacity stadium on Saturday. Place has also been made on the field for those attending.

The party celebrated its 104th anniversary on Friday.

During his address on Saturday, Zuma is expected to identify the central challenges facing the party, and responsibilities and tasks of the ANC for the year ahead.

The country will be holding its local government elections later this year.

Zuma has warned that these elections would be the toughest for the ANC.

Political parties will be vying for the country's major metros. Opposition parties have vowed to take control of metros such as Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay away from the ANC.

People arrive for the January 8 statement celebrations at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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