Leading up to the African National Congress’ (ANC) 104 year anniversary celebrations set to take place at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg, North West, the mood is jovial and expectations are high as the green, yellow and black brigade led by President Jacob Zuma are set to take “Bokone Bophirima” by storm.
This momentous occasion is one that the party will go all out to celebrate, according to party spokesperson Keith Khoza.
“For the ANC to achieve 104 years is a milestone achievement. Not so many Political Parties including the former liberation movement have survived for so many years, not only survived but they continue to enjoy the support the ANC continues to enjoy amongst millions of South Africans,” says Khoza.
Although the festivities will largely be in Rustenburg come Saturday, celebrations for the oldest liberation movement on the continent will be echoed to all corners of South Africa for ANC supporters – a sentiment that Khoza relays, “This weekend is going to be a humdinger, its going to be a festival.”
As the ANC gets its final preparations on track for their celebrations, massive mobilization campaigns have hit the streets of Rustenburg with the party’s top six expected to be at all lengths and breaths of the province, this to the joy of locals.
“The excitement is amazing, There is a vibration that is going on around Rustenburg. People are expecting more from the ANC,” says Khoza.
However, the celebrations of the 104 anniversary aren’t merely a festive affair as more pertinent issues that relate to the party are due to be addressed.
The culmination of the celebrations will be the address by President Zuma. He is expected to map out the way forward the party in 2016 leading to the Local Government Elections.
– By Luvuyo Mdeni