CROWD AT ANC MANIFESTO LAUNCH GOES CRAZY FOR ZUMA
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.