African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee( NEC) members are in various areas around Cape Town encouraging people to be part of the launch of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations at the Grand Parade on Sunday.

After 27 years of incarceration, Mandela made his first speech to thousands of people at the parade in Cape Town.

Environmental Affairs Minister and ANC NEC Member, Edna Molewa, joined other party members in Khayelitsha ahead of the celebrations.

The ANC top six was expected to be part of a similar campaign on Friday but their appearances were cancelled at the very last minute. Molewa says that this does not mean there is a crisis. She says members are usually called to do other work elsewhere in times of need.

“We are here this whole weekend, actually since the beginning of the week, mobalising the people of the Western Cape to come in their numbers at the Grand Parade tomorrow to listen to a great message by the ANC that will be reminding us of a very important man. The icon of the world. Not just South Africa, so we are saying all eyes and ears must be there as we remember him. People of the Western Cape are very lucky because that is where he gave his first speech after being released from prison and we must remember this great man as we launch 100 years of Mandela tomorrow,” she said.

Other NEC members are mobilising in various other areas in and around Cape Town. The ANC has also declared 2018 the year of unity as it gears-up for the national election in 2019.

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