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January 8 Blitz Begins in Gauteng

3 January 2017

Cde Gwede Mantashe with NEC members in Evaton, ahead of the January 8th Statement.

On Monday the ANC Treasurer General Cde Zweli Mkhize as well as the Secretary General Cde Gwede Mantashe hit the ground running – with stops in Evaton as well as Alexandra.

Their aim was to make sure that people know about the upcoming January 8th Celebrations to be held at Orlando Stadium, but also to find out from people what their issues are and offer possible solutions.

The ANC turns 105 years old this year and 2017 also happens to be the centenary celebrations linked to the longest serving president of the ANC, Cde Oliver Tambo. Commemoration events are also planned to celebrate Cde Tambo’s leadership.

Cde Mkhize started his blitz at a taxi rank interacting with the locals and then went to a women’s hostel, sharing the significance of the January 8th Celebrations.

He also spoke to people in Alexandra, urging them to attend the celebrations.

This while Cde Mantashe was in Evaton going door to door, informing the locals about the transport arrangements for the January 8th Celebrations.

Cde Mantashe held a mini-rally in Mafatsane in Evaton, where he told the people gathered there that Evaton was a township that needed to be taken care of. “We need to deal with corruption. The ANC must commit itself to deal with corruption & be seen to be doing so. We aren't here, in Evaton, to campaign. We are here to remind you that the ANC will turn 105 years old on Sunday, 08 Jan 2017.”

The January 8 Celebrations begin at 9am at Orlando Stadium, with gates opening at 7am.

Cde Zweli Mkhize speaking with the locals in Alexandra about the January 8th Statement.