ANC: People’s Assembly has nothing to do with the president

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa has dismissed suggestions that this event was organised to show support for the president.

Thousands of supporters make their way to the #PeoplesAssembly at Grand Parade, Cape Town. Picture: Twitter/@MYANC

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) says it's all systems go for the party's People's Assembly later on Thursday.

The ANC has urged its members to come out in their numbers to celebrate the day with President Jacob Zuma delivering his State of the Nation Address this evening.

The party will hold the event at the Grand Parade in the Cape Town City Centre and it says that while it applied to fill 30,000 people at the venue, the municipality has given them permission for a crowd of 10,000.

The theme for the assembly is "radical economic transformation".

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The stage is set and draped in ANC colours, the barriers are erected and marshals are on standby.

Party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says supporters are already on the way to celebrate the day.

“We are expecting thousands of people – already the indication is that busses are on their way. We are expecting the full crowd capacity of the Grand Parade because people are here to celebrate with their organisation.”

But he has dismissed suggestions that this event was organised to show support for the president.

“It’s got nothing to do with the president but has everything to do with the ANC. The president is but a president of the ANC.”

But when campaigning for this event on Wednesday, the ANC Womens League urged ANC members to attend the event in their numbers to show support and respect for the president.

Meanwhile, Kodwa says after the president's address, the leadership of the party is expected to come and greet the masses at the event.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)