Carien du Plessis | 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.

Friday represents a return to basics for the ANC.

It celebrates its 109th birthday without rallies, balloons, cake, and leaders drinking sparkling wine on stage behalf of the thirsty masses sitting in the heat through the song and dance. 

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