More than 60,000 people expected at ANC bash

The party, which is the oldest liberation movement in the world, turns 103 today.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma smiles as he is welcomed by a crowd of Philippi residents in Cape Town on 6 January 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says it's expecting more than 60,000 people to attend its birthday celebrations in the Mother City on Saturday.

The party, which is the oldest liberation movement in the world, turns 103 today.

Local organisers have been going all out to sign up supporters to come and fill the Cape Town Stadium's 52,000 seats.

ANC big wigs including President Jacob Zuma have spent the past week drumming up support for the anniversary rally.

Siyazi Tyatyam, the head of mobilisation in the province, says the Western Cape ANC will make sure the stadium is full.

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

POLITICAL 'CARNIVAL'

The South African Communist Party (SACP) joined the ANC on Tuesday in accusing the DA of sabotaging the ANC's 103rd birthday celebrations.

It said the same should be done to the opposition in Gauteng.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Monday referred to the Western Cape as an apartheid province and claimed his party's right to assemble freely had been limited.

SACP Gauteng chairperson Joe Mpisi says the ruling party should flex its muscles where it governs.

"We are leading in government nationally, they are leading a tiny province. Now, if they sabotage the ANC not to have its 103rd birthday in the Western Cape, they are saying to us we must behave like them."