African National Congress (ANC) members attending the party’s 106th birthday celebrations want the January 8 Statement to outlines policies regarding the economy, land and education.
The celebrations are being held at the Absa Stadium in East London, where newly appointed ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a speech.
Speaking to SABC Digital News, Legogang Mogoga from the ANC in North West says, “I’m looking to see our new president Cyril Ramaphosa address us as the members of the ANC, just to also pave the way forward in terms of where we are going in the next five years… in terms of the shape of the policy, we want to see radical economic transformation happen, we are hoping that that’s the message that is going to be communicated.”
“I’m hoping that he will touch on education, we are all looking for a different funding mechanism to make this happen and I think that is how we are going to advance our economy. I am really hoping that that the focal point is that and land without expropriation, we are looking to also hear more on that.”
Magoga says after 106 years the ANC is still strong. “We are getting even stronger and we are here to celebrate that.”
Ncetsi Mpofu from the ANC in Gauteng says there is lots to celebrate for the as the ANC, as this is the year where Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu would of turned 100.
Vuyisile Plaatjie also from the ANC in Gauteng says he hopes that Ramaphosa’s speech will restore hope of South African people.
“As you know, economically the country is not doing well… and with Ramaphosa taking the reins from Jacob Zuma clearly shows that he can restore hope and make sure the ANC lives longer and stays in power.”
He says, “It is important that he speaks about the economy, when you speak about the economy, you are speaking about job creation, which means many young people are going to be liberated at some point , what we want is free education through out.”
Regarding the party’s anniversary, Plaatjie says, “I’m actually over the moon, I’m excited, I’m happy, it is the only liberation movement in Africa that is actually in power, so that clearly shows that it is still relevant out there and people still love it.”