EAST LONDON – The ANC is 106 years old on Monday.
On 8 January 1912, the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) was established by Saul Msane, Josiah Gumede, John Dube, Pixley ka Isaka Seme and Sol Plaatje.
In 1923, the SANNC changes its name to the African National Congress (ANC) and in 1943, Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu start the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).
In 1990, president FW de Klerk legalised the ANC and other groups. He also freed political prisoners, including Mandela, who becomes the ANC president the next year.
On 27 April 1994, the ANC won 62.6 percent of the vote in the first multi-racial elections. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president.
Party president Cyril Ramaphosa will be leading celebrations with a tribute to the governing party’s past leaders.
Former ANC presidents include Josiah Gumede, Pixley ka Seme, Albert Luthuli and John Dube.
The main bash is planned for Saturday in East London.
On Sunday, Ramaphosa and some NEC members met the Zulu King who urged them to work towards unity.