ANC puts final touches on manifesto

The ANC is putting final touches, to its preparations for the launch of its manifesto this weekend. &nbsp...

ANC President Jacob Zuma in high spirits. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

The ANC is putting final touches, to its preparations for the launch of its manifesto this weekend.

The document is likely to spell out <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region>’s future, as the ANC is expected to win the 2009 general elections.

The ANC has made sure that it has a massive presence in <place w:st="on">East London specifically, with a desk at the airport for ANC members and posters, bearing the ANC leader’s face, on nearly every lamp post.

This is a show of strength; taking the fight to the Congress of the People. On Thursday ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told members that political authority rested in the party and not the individual.

This was a reference to leaders of COPE who left the ANC after Zuma’s victory at Polokwane.

The manifesto’s release on Saturday, would also set the policy battleground for the elections.

The ANC’s manifesto was expected to include a number of suggestions from members of the public after the party invited text messages and letters from supporters.

The party’s Chief Whip in parliament Mnyamezeli Booi said that many had shown their willingness to participate in the process.

“The interest has grown and the mood is so positive in the ANC that right across the country everyone wants to participate in the national rally where the president is expressing and giving a mandate on what we do” said Booi.