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ANC Gauteng manifesto launch underway at FNB Stadium

The African National Congress (ANC)’s election manifesto launch in the FNB Stadium is in full swing after a long delay.

The launch was supposed to have started on Saturday morning, but Gauteng Premier David Makhura says it was delayed because of late-comers.

The ANC leadership in Gauteng had vowed to fill up the 95 000 seater stadium after the disappointing showing at the ruling party’s election launch in Port Elizabeth in May.

Makhura says over 80 000 people have made their way into the stadium.

“We have at the moment 15 000 people outside the stadium. We have buses that are still dropping people too far. We have asked the security to drop people where it’s closer to the stadium,” adds Makhura.

Meanwhile, ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe has condemned factionalism in the ANC.

He urged party members at Matatiele in the Eastern Cape to iron out their differences and build a united party.

Alliance partners are said to be divided in the Alfred Nzo District over the alleged manipulation of candidate lists.

Mantashe says, “Once leadership is divided, community gets divided, then any decision won’t be accepted because it will either suite one side or the other side of the groupings. So we [are] talking about unity here, that is what we think should happen moving forward.”

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