ANC leaders embark on January 8 tour

The ANC will use upcoming events to publicly introduce its new national leaders, after Mangaung.

The ANC top six at the 53rd National Conference at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein (Mangaung). Picture: ANC

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC's newly elected top six leaders will start their tour of various areas around KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, ahead of the party's January 8 statement speech by President Jacob Zuma on Saturday.

The events will mark some of the first official public appearances by ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and the party's new treasurer, KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize.

ANC leaders are due to knock on doors and attend several ceremonies around the Durban area on Tuesday.

The ruling party is using these events to publicly introduce its new national leaders, after last year's Mangaung national conference.

Much of the public attention is likely to be focussed on Ramaphosa.

His election in December to the post of ANC deputy leader pushed him into the political spotlight, after he had kept out of front-line politics for over a decade.

But this week also appears to be an opportunity for ANC leaders to start campaigning for next year's elections.

Ramaphosa is likely to tow the party line, and will probably talk up the achievements of Zuma's government and explain the ANC's leadership choices.

Zuma himself will speak at a massive rally in Durban on Saturday.