ANC National Executive Committee Member Fikile Mbalula says the party’s 106th anniversary celebrations aim to attract a whole new range of people including some old party members.

Mbalula says it is time for the governing party to listen to the people and seek self-correction.

Thousands of people have arrived at Buffalo City Stadium in East London, ahead of ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa’s delivery of the party’s January 8 statement.

“We are a movement that should accept its own mistakes… we should not be government. We should not be government by arrogance, and we want to correct those mistakes… that message resonates well with our people. I think the commitment of our leadership will see the statement the president will deliver – what does it say to our people, but to be the most important thing is the ANC that listens and self-corrects – and this January 8 statement is exceptional.”