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ANC expected to jump to the left

African National Congress officials said its manifesto would show that some of its policies were changing...

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African National Congress officials said its manifesto would show that some of its policies were changing and that the party was going to move left-wards.

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There was also likely to be a strong focus on the creation of jobs perhaps showing the influence of Cosatu who had supported the ruling party’s new leadership.

The ANC’s National Executive Committee had also said that crime aids and the public health system would also be priorities for the country’s next government.

The document would be made public on Saturday in East London in the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Eastern Cape

Meanwhile, thousands of ANC supporters had descended on <place w:st="on">East London ahead of Saturday’s election manifesto launch.

ANC members were making their presence felt in <place w:st="on">East London with their cars draped in party flags and Jacob Zuma songs pumping from their stereos.

“We hear the cry of the people that want Jacob Zuma as their president and we are praying for them,” said an ANC member.

Another member from nearby <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Port Elizabeth said the party’s choice of venue for the manifesto launch was crucial.

“We are here to confirm that <place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">Eastern Cape belongs to the African National Congress,” he said.

The Congress of the People had been hard at work in that region growing support at a grassroots level.

The decision by the ANC to launch its election campaign there would be seen by many as more than just a coincidence.

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