Crowds flock to Mbombela Stadium for Zuma

ANC faithfuls gather at the Mbombela Stadium to hear President Jacob Zuma.

Thousands of ANC supporters flocked to the Mbombela stadium in Mbombela, Mpumalanga on 11 January 2014 for the presentation of the ANC's 2014 election manifesto. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

MBOMBELA - The Mbombela Stadium is now almost completely full ahead of President Jacob Zuma's speech to launch the African National Congress (ANC)'s 2014 election manifesto.

The rally will kick start the ANC's election campaign.

Virtually every single seat in the stadium is occupied by someone wearing ANC colours and there's a sense of unity, festivity and celebration in the stadium.

When the president stands up to speak, he seems to be assured of a raptures reception.

All through this week the ANC has said this manifesto will not be radically different to its previous work.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has said this will be about building on the previous successes of the party - that means there is likely to be a focus on education, health - because it knows voters want better schools and hospitals - and fighting crime.

There should also be something said about corruption.

The party is confident Zuma will not be booed when he speaks, as he appears to be very popular in this area.

The ANC believes the president's popularity here will save him from any embarrassing incidents.