ANC bash: Zuma to address party's vision

Gwede Mantashe says the ANC will use its 103rd anniversary to reclaim the Freedom Charter.

ANC president Jacob Zuma is welcomed by throngs of Phillip residents on a walkabout in Cape Town on 6 January 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC)'s 103rd anniversary celebrations will kick off at the Cape Town Stadium this morning, where President Jacob Zuma is expected to tell thousands of supporters the party's vision for the country.

Organisers have been working hard to fill the stadium's 52,000 seats after wrangling with the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led City of Cape Town over the conditions governing the stadium's use.

Zuma has spent the past week drumming up support for the event.

Party leaders have promised to fill the seats in the stadium before the president's address.

They have campaigned vigorously throughout the province to promote the ANC as a party more capable to serve the poor than the ruling DA.

The ruling party's head of organising, NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane, says there will be an overflow venue.

Busloads of ANC supporters from other provinces, including the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga, will be rolling into Cape Town for the event.

Security in and around the venue is expected to be tight.

Earlier this week, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the party will use its 103rd anniversary to reclaim the Freedom Charter.

MANTASHE CRITICISES DA-LED WESTERN CAPE

Yesterday Mantashe said the DA-led Western Cape government has deliberately divided coloured and black people.

He encouraged residents to back the ANC as it tries to take control of the Cape from its political arch rival.

The secretary general told the crowd that coloured and black people need to unite, and to end any disagreements between the two communities.

Mantashe said he was hopeful the ANC would win the Western Cape municipality in next year's local government elections.