Friday, 08 January 2021 09:41

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Photo Credit: Alon Skuy.

January 8 marks the African National Congress (ANC’s) 109th anniversary.

The highlight of the day will be party President Cyril Ramaphosa’s delivery of the January 8 statement on behalf of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC).

But due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ramaphosa will deliver a virtual address from Luthuli House in Johannesburg in the evening.

This will be preceded by interviews of veterans and stalwarts on the importance of the January 8 statement.

This year’s celebration will honour the second president of the party, Sefako Makgatho.

Makgatho was ANC president between 1917 and 1924.

Meanwhile the party won’t be announcing what it will do with senior leaders implicated in corruption.

The ANC NEC meeting this week sidestepped the issue.

The ANC will use this occasion to reaffirm our collective commitment to the resolutions of the 54th national conference," said Nomvula Mokonyane, ANC Head of Organising.

"It is a platform to reassert the ANC as a movement rooted amongst the people and as a leader of society. It is a moment to draw on the legacy of the founding mothers and fathers of the ANC.”

The party says a report recommending that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule step aside, didn’t feature.

Magashule, who is facing charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering in relation to a R255m Free State asbestos roof tender, was released on bail of R200,000.