The African National Congress has declared itself ready for the 104th year celebrations which will take place in Rustenburg over the weekend. Africa’s oldest liberation movement will hold its annual birthday in North West.

This event rotates in all provinces. ANC Head of the organising campaign, Nomvula Mokonyane says they have taken all precautionary measures to deal with any eventuality.

It will be a sweltering 41 degrees here in Rustenburg where the governing party will hold its biggest annual celebrations, the January 8th statement.

Strict security measures are in place for the occasion.

On Saturday, party president, Jacob Zuma is expected to issue a clarion call for the unity of purpose as it begins the municipal election year. Although the stadium accommodates 43 000 people, the ANC expects more than twice that number.

While the gathering does not mark the official launch of this year’s election campaign, supporters will be urged to rally behind the party as preparations begin. The next few days will see members of the National Executive spread across the province drumming up support.

Top officials, including the president and deputy president, will lead the mobilisation campaigns.

– By Mzwandile Mbeje