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‘The vision of ANC’s founding icons have decayed’

Opposition parties say the ANC of today has lost the vision of founding members...

FILE. Over 40 000 ANC supporters are expected to fill the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium as the governing party launches its election manifesto in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 16 April 2016. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma calls on South Africans to vote for the party that fundamentally changed the country after apartheid, opposition parties say the vision of the ANC's founding icons have 'decayed' and 'emptied' over time.

Yesterday, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane spent the day at the birthplace of the ANC in Mangaung in the Free State.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema held a rally at the University of Pretoria's Mamelodi campus, remembering the legacy of Solomon Mahlangu.

Opposition parties say the ANC of today has lost its vision that founding members Sol Plaatje and later Mahlangu chose for the party when it was formed.

The DA's Mabine Seabe says their founding values have fundamentally decayed over time and the ANC of today will not deliver on the original vision.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says today's ANC has lost values that the generation of Mahlangu went into exile and fought for.

He says all that is left in today's ANC is what he calls the 'African nepotism congress', where President Zuma has used public funds to the benefit himself and his family.

WATCH: ANC launches its manifesto

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