Zuma: SA needs to defeat the demons of racism and tribalism
Jacob Zuma arrived at the Rustenburg venue a short while ago for party’s 104th birthday celebration.
RUSTENBURG - President Jacob Zuma has told thousands of people gathered in Rustenburg that they need to defeat the demons of racism and tribalism.
Delivering the African National Congress (ANC)'s 8th January statement, Zuma said a small minority continues to harbour racist views.
The party is responding to the prevailing national debate about racism in the wake of several controversial comments on social media.
Zuma says ANC branches must develop specific campaigns against racism and discrimination in all its forms.
"To develop specific campaigns against racism and to involve their communities, civil society and religious organisations in these campaigns.
Zuma told the crowd that there is tiny minority that still harbours desire for separate amenities.
He said that people who harbour a desire for separate amenities and who idolise apartheid-era leaders do not represent the true character of the new South Africa and are living in the past.
He has also promised that the ANC will end racial exploitation in all its forms; in the workplace, the education sector and in society as a whole.
The speech was disrupted twice when two people ran onto the pitch.
They were tackled by security and were eventually taken away from the venue.
Zuma received a warm welcome from ANC supporters when he arrived at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium to deliver the party's 8th January statement.
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ANC supporters chanted and celebrated as Zuma arrived at the venue with his entourage.
The Royal Bafokeng Stadium is painted in yellow and green as thousands of supporters have packed the venue.
Various well-known musicians have been performing throughout the morning entertaining the crowd and more artists, including AKA and Cassper Nyovest are also expected to take stage.
Some of the people at the celebration say their love and commitment will not erode and they look forward to the president speech.
"We're coming from far with ANC. Each and every 8th of January, we're just reminding our heroes who started this ANC."
An overflow area has been set up to accommodate supporters who may not be able to make it into the venue.
ANC national spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said the programme has been shortened because of the prevailing heatwave.
"And the stadium itself is open stadium and our concern is the people, first foremost, that's why if you look at the agenda, we've shortened the agenda because the main speaker of the day must be the president and when he speaks, people must still be there at the stadium"
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the party enjoys strong support in Rustenburg.
"We're quite confident that when the election campaign starts, we'll reactivate our structures and the volunteers of the ANC will be agitated enough and we're going to reclaim and defend our leadership of this municipality."