Mbalula: ANC People’s Assembly not a once-off event

The African National Congress wants party officials, government employees & services to be closer to the people.

ANC NEC member Fikile Mbalula alongside party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) wants party officials, government employees and services to be closer to the people.

On Tuesday, the party gave a briefing on plans to host a People's Assembly ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the National Address (Sona).

It expects about 30,000 people to gather at the Grand Parade on Thursday.

The ANC feels there’s a perception that it only goes to the people during election time or when it needs them.

The party’s head of organising and campaigns' Fikile Mbalula says the ANC will embark on a campaign to show it’s not an elitist party.

“It is part of our journey to ensure the ANC lives up to its character and resolves people’s grievances at all material times.”

Mbalula says the people’s assembly is not a once-off event, saying ANC members will visit communities over the next few months.

He adds unity in the ANC and a good relationship with residents is crucial.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)