ANC swoops on Dur­ban

ELEC­TION MAN­I­FESTO: RAMAPHOSA MOVE UNITES DI­VIDED KZN

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - #ANCMANIFESTO - Brian Sokutu – bri­[email protected]­i­zen.co.za

It was ‘party time’ as the ANC fac­tions seemed to take hands.

From Nkandla to Bizana – they came from all cor­ners of the coun­try to paint Dur­ban in the black, green and gold colours of the ANC. Danc­ing to any­thing from Maskanda to free­dom songs, crowds who thronged the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium, which was filled to the ca­pac­ity of 85 000, made the at­mos­phere re­sem­ble a po­lit­i­cally joy­ous car­ni­val.

ANC sup­port­ers, clad in yel­low T-shirts with the face of Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa on, marked the ef­fec­tive­ness with which the rul­ing party cam­paign has been able to per­suade the party rank-and­file of KwaZulu-Natal about the im­por­tance of unity and or­gan­i­sa­tional re­newal in the run-up to the 2019 polls.

In what is seen as a mas­ter­stroke by Ramaphosa, he en­sured the crowds that his pre­de­ces­sor, Ja­cob Zuma, was ac­corded space and recog­ni­tion wher­ever he was – cash­ing in on the for­mer pres­i­dent’s con­tin­ued pop­u­lar­ity in the prov­ince.

“Zuma! Zuma! Zuma!”, was the re­ac­tion from the crowds as Zuma en­tered the sta­dium – a strong ap­plause com­pared to the luke­warm re­cep­tion re­ceived by Ramaphosa and the ANC top six.

As Ma­pun­gubwe In­sti­tute for Strate­gic Re­flec­tion re­search di­rec­tor Su­san Booy­sen put it, ac­com­mo­dat­ing Zuma in the ANC KwaZulu elec­tion cam­paign, was “a strate­gic move”.

So strate­gic was the move that Zuma’s pres­ence was ex­plained as en­sur­ing that the ANC re­claimed KwaZulu-Natal in the 2019 polls.

Strong se­cu­rity pres­ence in­side and out­side the event precinct saw a mas­sive po­lice de­ploy­ment. You could not get close to the stage with­out ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

The in­ci­dent-free event has gone a long way to re­as­sure the ANC of its sup­port in a prov­ince.

Pic­ture: El­mond Jiyane

MU­SIC MAN. For­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma dances at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban dur­ing the ANC’S 107th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions and ANC elec­tion man­i­festo un­veil­ing.

Pic­tures: Nigel Sibanda

FRONT ROW. ANC pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy pres­i­dent David Mabuza and ANC trea­surer-gen­eral Paul Mashatile at Moses Mab­hida sta­dium in Dur­ban.

HOW GREEN IS OUR VAL­LEY. ANC Women’s League mem­bers at Moses Mab­hida sta­dium, lis­ten­ing to the ANC’s elec­tion man­i­festo de­liv­ered by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

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