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Posted on Monday, 12 January 2015 15:09

ANC celebrates 103rd anniversary

By Crystal Oderson in Cape Town

File photo©ReutersAfrica's oldest liberation movement, South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) celebrated its 103rd birthday in Cape Town, drumming up support for the party, with its leader, Jacob Zuma telling supporters they were committed to the Freedom Charter.

Zuma addressed close to 60 000 supporters in Cape Town saying energy, land, local governance and combating corruption are the key priorities for the year ahead.

We must continuously guard against the manipulation of our democratic processes

A sea of green, yellow and black were evident at the celebration, as Zuma vowed to take the ruling party back to basics at the celebrations.

"Let us rededicate ourselves to the core values of the ANC, that of self-discipline and service to the people," he said.

"Let us root out those members and representatives who are corrupt, factional and undermine the unity and cohesion of this great movement."

Zuma and his executive including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and chairperson, Baleka Mbete criss-crossed the Western Cape province, visiting communities, listening to their plight and reiterating the ANC's commitment to uplifting the poor.

"We must continuously guard against the manipulation of our democratic processes by those among us who wish to use the ANC for personal gain and self-aggrandisement," he said.

The ANC had no room for ill-discipline, Zuma said, adding that "our major task is to deepen discipline and service to the people".

"Let us root out those members and representatives who are corrupt, factional, and who undermine the unity and cohesion of this great movement," he said.

But the ANC have come under attack for neglecting the poor and rampant corruption in government.

However, the ANC in an opinion column said, "various strides were made in areas of health, access to water, electricity provision, housing, access to pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher education, and a host of other socioeconomic development objectives".

The Freedom Charter is a 60 year old document, which outlined the ANC's ideology during the fight against apartheid.



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