ANC hopes to draw big crowds for birthday celebrations

The party aims to have 120,000 at its 104th birthday celebrations at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture : Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) is hoping to draw 120,000 people to Rustenburg for its 104th birthday celebrations.

President Jacob Zuma will deliver the ANC's 8 January statement at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday.

The party's top brass has been fanning out across the province this week to garner support for the main event.

Several of the ANC's National Executive Committee members have been deployed to the North West to drum up support ahead of Saturday's event.

National Chairperson Baleka Mbete and Secretary General Gwede Mantashe went door-to-door to garner support yesterday.

The ANC's Diale Kgantsi says Zuma is expected to arrive in Rustenburg tomorrow.

But the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s North West Chairperson Betty Diale claims the ANC's campaign got off to a rough start.

"We've been seeing the door-to-door visits, they've been chased out of houses in many areas in Rustenburg. We have received reports that they are not being welcomed and some factions of the ANC are not campaigning for the rally.

The EFF celebrated its second birthday in Rustenburg last July.