The governing party announced that over 85,000 people attended its provincial manifesto launch at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 04 June 2016.
SOWETO - The ANC Gauteng manifesto launch got underway hours late, after supporter buses were delayed but the governing party has not disappointed.
The good turnout at the FNB stadium in Soweto has silenced many critics. Party officials reported over 85,000 supporters were at the almost 95,000-seater stadium in stark contrast to the party’s national manifesto launch in April.
View from broadcast suites at 12:19. ANCGPManifestoLaunch pic.twitter.com/hE0EwKxTEX— Thulasizwe Simelane (@ThulasSims) June 4, 2016
President Jacob Zuma arrived at the FNB Stadium to a warm welcome and asserted that Gauteng is very important to the governing party.
He emphasised that the ANC cannot lose its grip on the strategically important economic hub; addressing supporters during the party&39;s provincial manifesto launch.
Zuma: &39;The ANC must win 2016 local government elections convincingly all over the country, but also here in Gauteng&39; ANCGPManifestoLaunch— Thulasizwe Simelane (@ThulasSims) June 4, 2016
"Throughout its life the headquarters of the ANC was in Gauteng. In no way can we have any party being in charge in GP. You therefore have a serious responsibility to defend and maintain the home of this mighty organisation...The ANC must win the 2016 local government elections convincingly all over the country, and also in particular, this province of Gauteng," he said.
Many people were seen leaving the stadium during the president&39;s address.
Zuma addressing dwindling crowds at FNB stadium, tune into @eNCA afterwards for analysis of ANCGPManifestoLaunch pic.twitter.com/R08prDWauZ— Julia Housdon (@julzhousdon) June 4, 2016