“The African National Congress will be convening nation-wide manifesto forums with our people, from all walks of life, on the development of our election manifesto,” he told reporters in Johannesburg.
“The manifesto forums seek to provide an opportunity for the ANC to interact with our people on progress made and challenges confronted in creating a South Africa that is better today than it was in 1994.”
Radebe said the forums would be held from September 14 to October 18.
“These municipalities [where the forums will be held] are selected to ensure a fair distribution in terms of urban and rural mix, levels of basic service delivery, and ANC support.”
A minimum of four forums would be held in each province.
“All the manifesto forums will be public gatherings, open to all people who wish to make contributions in the manifesto to guide and direct our collective aspirations,” Radebe said.
He said the ANC had been encouraged by forums held in KwaZulu-Natal and Free State at the weekend.
“Both were well-attended and were characterised by fruitful engagements by members of the public.”
Radebe said it was hoped the manifesto would be approved by the ANC’s NEC at the end of November.
“It [the manifesto] will be made public when we celebrate the birthday of the ANC on January 8, 2014.”