African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa says that the party has decided to use this whole year to honour Nelson Mandela because it wants to reconnect with people and go back to its roots.
Ramaphosa addressed a mini rally in Mandela’s home village in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Thursday afternoon as the party prepares to hold its 106-year birthday celebration in the province.
The ANC’s top leadership presented a united front visiting the Nelson Mandela homestead ahead of the party’s birthday celebration on Saturday.
Ramaphosa then addressed ANC members, explaining why the ANC has declared this year the year of Mandela.
He also called on ANC members to have faith in the new ANC leadership. Ramaphosa and the top five leaders were elected in December last year in a tight race against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Since his election as the ANC president, Ramaphosa’s backers have been pushing for President Jacob Zuma’s recall as the country’s president.
Earlier this year, pundits and analysts have been speculating Zuma’s recall ahead of the ANC NEC meeting which was held yesterday. ANC secretary general Ace Magashule dismissed those rumours yesterday.
The ANC will celebrate its 106th birthday in East London this weekend where Ramaphosa is expected to deliver his first January 8th Statement as ANC president.
Meanwhile, the ANC top six, NEC members as well as ordinary members are mobilising supporters to fill up the Absa Stadium.
Ramaphosa says the party’s leaders will go across the country interacting with South Africans as it attempts to renew the organisation.