ANC LAUNCHES ANC FRIDAY IN UMLAZI
By: Thobele Nzama
The African National Congress (ANC) members said on Friday that they hope to paint the township of Umlazi and beyond with black, green and gold colours in Umlazi.
The party pinned their hopes of seeing the country in their respective colours at a launch held at Eyadini Lounge in Umlazi V-Section stating that they are observant of what works and tend to gravitate towards it.
In addressing his fellow comrades, the party’s Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said, “Our strategy is to take all that works and run with its concept. We rolled it out for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and we did it again for the rugby and cricket.”
Mantashe confessed that service delivery in the country is a big problem and that it is one of the contributing factors that drive people to be impatient and resort to striking for which at times have fatal endings.
“Our challenge now is to do things with unparalleled speed. If we do so, other parties will suffocate and become useless,” he said.
Mantashe, alongside other prominent members of the party, held a door-to-door campaign as a manifesto for the upcoming general elections. They interacted with the residents of Umlazi as well as Isipingo, in the morning as they (residents) were making their way to work.
The premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Senzo Mchunu reminisced on the ANC’s history, reminding the comrades of the road the party has travelled to date.
“We call upon all the leaders of this congress who lost their lives fighting for democracy in this country. We also remember Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge who were murdered here in Umlazi in the attempts of hindering the party’s success,” said Mchunu.
He also instilled people with confidence in the party. “As we speak, the ANC is getting stronger and I can tell you that we are stronger now than we were 10 months ago.”
The party said the ANC Friday initiative is something that people should not take lightly and urge all supporters to show their colours with whatever branded t-shirts of the party they owned.
Other prominent members accompanying the secretary included, James Nxumalo, Sbongiseni Dlomo, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Sihle Zikalala and the supporter’s favourite, Bheki Cele.
After the manifesto, the supporters were treated to an eventful afternoon with acts by Dj Siyanda, Oskido, Dj Tira, Big NUZ, L’vovo Derrango, Zakes Bantwini and Sbo da Poet.