Members of the ANC National Executive Committee will be engaged in a series of activities to mobilise people to attend the party’s 106th birthday celebrations at the Absa Stadium in East London on Saturday. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, his deputy David Mabuza and other four officials will visit the family of former President Nelson Mandela in Qunu outside Umtata later on Thursday morning. They will also visit the grave of the late struggle hero James Calata and address different mini rallies at Madiba’s birthplace and in Cradock.
After a period of what many described as isolation of the ANC, the governing party has now embarked on a campaign to reconnect with the people. The ANC’s political woes started in 2016 when few people turned out at the party’s manifesto launch for the 2016 local government in Port Elizabeth. This was followed by the subsequent poor performance in the local elections which saw the party losing three metros to opposition parties. And in a bid to turn things around, the ANC NEC members led by top six officials are criss-crossing the Eastern Cape to mobilise communities to attend the party’s 106 birthday celebrations on Saturday.