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DUR­BAN - The thou­sands of KwaZulu-Natal ANC sup­port­ers made their love for the for­mer pres­i­dent known. While it is Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa who was to give his first speech at an ANC birth­day rally yes­ter­day, in the eyes of the crowd he may not be the main at­trac­tion.

EWN has posted a video show­ing the crowd go­ing crazy for for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma. Many on Twit­ter have noted the ex­tremely strong re­cep­tion the ex-pres­i­dent was met with.

The rally, which marks the launch of the party’s new elec­tion man­i­festo, and dou­bles up as the party’s 107th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion, takes place at t he Moses Mab­hida sta­dium in Dur­ban.

KwaZulu-Natal re­mains very much Zuma’s strong­hold. Ramaphosa has shown a united front with Zuma in the past week, in which the ANC has kicked off its 2019 elec­tion cam­paign in the prov­ince, de­spite the per­cep­tion that the pair are po­lit­i­cal ri­vals. He praised the for­mer pres­i­dent in his Jan­uary 8 speech at the Oh­lange In­sti­tute in Inanda.

Agence France-Presse re­ported ear­lier yes­ter­day that the ANC may have strate­gi­cally cho­sen KwaZu­luNatal as the launch of their new man­i­festo in a bid to counter fac­tion­al­ism in the party.

The Cit­i­zen re­ported early yes­ter­day that Ma­pun­gubwe In­sti­tute for Strate­gic Re­flec­tion re­search Di­rec­tor Su­san Booy­sen agrees with this as­sess­ment.

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