Political analyst and University of Free State lecturer, Dr. Sethulego Matebesi, says the African National Congress (ANC) January 8 statement is very important as it will include some of the programmes the ANC will push for in government and raise during the State of the Nation Address (Sona).
The ruling party is celebrating its 105th birthday at Orlando Stadium, in Soweto, on Sunday.
Matebese says he knows some of the ANC leaders who are not happy with the current state of organisation, but have kept quiet for the sake of unity.
The unity that we see is a public relations exercise. There are leaders and members of the ANC that are not satisfied with the cause that the leadership has taken, but for the sake of the the survival of the organisation, they present a unified force.— Dr. Sethulego Matebesi, political analyst and University of Free State lecturer
I have met several members, and this is not something we thumb suck, we have done research, who are afraid to raise their opinions during branch meetings.— Dr. Sethulego Matebesi, political analyst and University of Free State lecturer
ANC national spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, says the January 8 statement will reflect on ANC's organisational state and way forward for the ruling party.
He says it is important for ANC to continue building unity, and fight against factionalism within the party.
He denied suggestions that the event is being held in Orlando Stadium because the party may not fill a bigger venue such as FNB Stadium.
Listen to the audio below to hear Zizi Kodwa explaining why ANC has decided to use Orlando instead of FNB...