Thousands of people have gathered for the 106th anniversary celebrations of the African National Congress (ANC) currently underway at Buffalo Stadium in East London.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to deliver his first January 8 statement.

January 8 marks the day the ANC was formed.

The first January 8 statement was issued in 1972 while many members of the ANC were in exile.

The objective of the statement is to outline the party’s programme for the year.