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Zuma to deliver election manifesto

African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma has arrived at the ABSA Stadium in East London for the...

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

African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma has arrived at the ABSA Stadium in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on">East London for the launch of the party’s manifesto.

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The crowd on the field was heaving as bands, choirs and dancers entertained them while officials pleaded with people not to move around the stadium.

They also urged security guards not to let anyone else into the complex.

When Zuma finally arrived the crowd erupted.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was also on stage and it was expected that her daughter Zinzi would read a letter from her father, former president Nelson Mandela.

Zuma has been predicted to summaries the election manifesto and deliver the party’s January 8 statement.

The organisation’s manifesto was to be made public on Saturday and would mark a likely shift to the left for the ruling party as more government intervention in the economy was anticipated.

The party intended using government contracts to create what it called ‘decent work’ which has indicated support for the Congress of South African Trade Unions however, ANC officials were deeply concerned about the number of people who did not have jobs.

Food security and land reform programs would also receive added attention.

The party also wanted to increase the number of No Fees Schools and intensify efforts to fight illiteracy.

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