Jacob Zuma 'won't be booed' this time

The ANC is confident Zuma won’t be booed when he reveals his 2014 election manifesto.

President Jacob Zuma and Paul Mashatile attend a gathering with ANC volunteers for next 2014 elections. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

MBOMBELA - President Jacob Zuma will this morning outline the African National Congress (ANC)'s vision for the future of South Africa, as he reveals the ruling party's 2014 election manifesto.

This follows a week of campaigning for the ANC in Mpumalanga, where the president will be speaking at the Mbombela Stadium.

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.

A MASSIVE RALLY

In addition to the speech by the president, the ANC is formally starting its election campaign with a massive rally.

The party's leader in the KwaZulu-Natal, Senzo Mchunu appealed to people in the province to wear only ANC colours today, even if they can't get into the stadium.

The main city centre has ANC-coloured posters everywhere and party leaders claim the Mbombela Stadium will be packed for Zuma's speech.

ELECTION MANIFESTO WON'T BE 'HUGELY DIFFERENT'

International investors and ordinary citizens are waiting to see what will be in the party's election manifesto.

The ANC says this manifesto won't be hugely different from previous documents but will work on the manifestos of the past.

However, the ruling party is under pressure from new parties with Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) promising a radical economic vision for South Africa.