Thousands of people on Sunday morning gathered in and outside Seshego Stadium in Limpopo, in full anticipation of President Jacob Zuma.
Zuma was expected to deliver a keynote address at the stadium in a rally that forms part of the 69th birthday celebration of the ANC Youth League.
ANCYL members, most of them dressed in ruling party-branded T-shirts, arrived in several groups and sang various songs outside the stadium.
“We are waiting for Zuma. He is our president and we hope he will inspire us with his speech,” said one visibly elated ANCYL member, Mavis Seakamela.
Another ‘diehard’ league supporter, Koos Molepo, said this birthday celebration would present league members in Limpopo with a platform to get together and unite under Zuma.
“After this rally we will get more united and work as a collective in preparation for next year”s elections,” said Molepo.
Zuma, in his anticipated speech, is likely to delve into the processes currently under way aimed at rebuilding the league. The president might also talk about the crises in Cosatu, state of unity in the ANC and the political situation within the governing party in Tlokwe, in the North West, where local government by-elections will take place on September 18.
Seshego is a township outside Polokwane where former ANCYL leader Julius Malema was born and bred. Malema”s political party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is believed to be commanding support in this township.
However, there was no sign of any EFF members outside the stadium at 11am.