Warren Mabona
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4 Jan 2016
8:07 am

ANC revs up for big birthday bash

Warren Mabona

Governing party top brass go door-to-door in North West to hear grievances.

FILE PICTURE: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and president Jacob Zuma share a lighthearted moment during a youth day event in Tshwane, 16 June 2015. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Preparations for the ANC’s 104th birthday celebrations were in full swing on Sunday as the organisation deployed members of its National Executive Committee (NEC) to different areas of Bojanala region in the North West.

President Jacob Zuma will deliver what is known as the ANC’s January 8 statement at the main celebration, to be held at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday. The president is expected to delve into the achievements of the ANC-led government on the service delivery front, as well as the challenges faced by the government.

Provincial ANC secretary Dakota Legoete said NEC members on Sunday embarked on a door-to-door exercise and addressed public meetings at Phokeng Shopping Mall, to allow community members to raise the issues affecting them. The NEC members included Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshegka and ANC MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The ANC was formed on January 8 1912, in Bloemfontein, Free State.

Police in the North West said they were ready to combat crime and provide general security in the run-up to and during the annual January 8 “birthday” statement, and the ANC’s 104th birthday celebrations.

Police spokesperson Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said the event will see the influx of some 120 000 people to the Rustenburg area during various phases of the celebrations, culminating in an event at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on January 9.

“Law enforcement members have been mobilised to perform crime prevention, event security, route security and ensuring the smooth flow of traffic,” he said. There will be temporary road closures in and around the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on January 8 and 9.