#ANCManifesto in full swing at Moses Mabhida Stadium

The 80,000-seater stadium is full, with the party's supporters dressed in black, green and gold regalia.

ANC supporters at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 12 January 2019 ahead of the start of party's 107th birthday celebrations. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM - The African National Congress (ANC)'s election manifesto launch and 107th birthday celebrations are in full swing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The 80,000-seater stadium is full, with the party's supporters dressed in black, green and gold regalia.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was met with excitement when he arrived in the stadium with the party's top leadership.

The leaders arrived minutes after former President Jacob Zuma, who made a grand entrance, receiving more cheers and shouts from supporters.

Zuma made a grand entrance at the stadium, receiving a lot of love from ANC supporters in his home town.

While Ramaphosa was also warmly welcomed by the crowd, the reaction did not compare to Zuma’s.

Zuma and Ramaphosa presented a united front earlier this week amidst fears that Zuma’s popularity among party faithful’s in KwaZulu-Natal could overshadow Ramaphosa.

The programme was delayed by over two hours, because of strong winds blowing through Durban.

Meanwhile, KZN chairperson Sihle Zikalala has assured the president and the national executive committee that the province is behind the ANC for the upcoming election.

“The people of KwaZulu-Natal know of no other liberator except the ANC. The people of KwaZulu-Natal continue to support the ANC because it is the only organization with a clear vision and programme to bring a better life for all of our people,” he said.

_Additional reporting by Gia Nicolaides _

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)