World Bulletin/News Desk
Thousands of people gathered in South Africa's western city of Cape Town on Saturday to mark the 103rd anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC), Africa's oldest liberal movement and South Africa's governing social democratic political party.
South African President Jacob Zuma, who attended the event, said the celebration was also aimed to mark the 60th anniversary of founding the Congress of the People in Kliptown, noting that the congress was where the Freedom Charter was adopted.
The Freedom Charter was the statement of core principles in the South African Congress Alliance, which consisted of the African National Congress and its allies, namely the South African Indian Congress, the South African Congress of Democrats and the Colored People's Congress. The opening demand of the charter was: "The People Shall Govern."
Around 70,000 people were present in the event on Saturday, according to National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete.
One of the people present, Vivian Monageng, said she attended the event in order to know what happened since the previous ANC anniversary.
"I am a strong supporter of the ANC," Monageng told The Anadolu Agency.
The members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe, which was the armed wing of the ANC, formed a human chain to escort President Zuma into the stadium where thousands of supporter were cheering.
Minister of Small Business Lindiwe Zulu said the members of the congress were meeting to report the achievements it made during 2014.
"We will also report what we will do in 2015," Zulu told AA. "We are the governing party and the pressure is on us to deliver results," she added.
President Zuma said the ANC National Executive Committee would report back to its people on how far its members had come in giving effect to the ideals of the Freedom Charter.
"We shall set out what the ANC will continue to do to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa based on the sound principles of the Freedom Charter as articulated by the people of this country in 1955," the President added.
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