ANC promises to paint CT green, gold, black

President Jacob Zuma told supporters the ANC will always be in power because it has God on its side.

President Jacob Zuma is celebrating the African National Congress (ANC's) 103rd anniversary with a mini-rally in Khayelitsha on Thursday, 8 January 2015. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma is celebrating the African National Congress (ANC)'s 103rd anniversary with a mini-rally in Khayelitsha on Thursday.

He has been drumming up support for the ruling party's big birthday bash at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

Organisers have been going all out to fill the 52,000-seat stadium.

Hundreds of people packed Khayelitsha's OR Tambo Community Hall for this afternoon's event.

ANC leaders promised to paint the Mother City green, gold and black.

Speaking in isiXhosa and isiZulu, Zuma captivated the crowd and told them the ANC will always be in power because it has God on its side.

The president told supporters the ANC, like fine wine, gets better with age.

Zuma added other political parties were all talk and no action.

The crowd erupted when the president began to sing his signature song, Umshini wami.

Western Cape ANC Chairperson Marius Fransman earlier said there were attempts by the City of Cape Town to derail Saturday's event.

He accused the Democratic Alliance-led metro of imposing conditions on the use of the stadium, including a requirement that people be issued with tickets to enter the venue.

Fransman called on supporters to go to the stadium as the tickets will be issued outside the venue.

The ANC says it's expecting more than 60,000 people to attend the bash.

The party's provincial head of mobilisation Siyazi Tyatyam said the party will ensure the stadium is full.

"We were even unable to get enough transport because the people have surpassed the transport arranged for them already."