THE African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape will bus about 10,000 members and supporters to its anniversary celebrations in Cape Town.
A crowd of more than 50,000 ANC members and supporters, and 2,500 guests and diplomats are expected to attend the rally.
ANC President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in the city on Sunday. Mr Zuma is scheduled to do walkabouts in townships and other areas such as Langa, Philippi, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Mitchells Plain until Thursday.
The campaign is aimed at mustering greater support for the party in the Democratic Alliance-led province.
Mr Ramaphosa, ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete and secretary-general Gwede Mantashe will also undertake mobilisation activities including walk-abouts, public meetings and door-to-door campaigns around the Cape Town metro, and in the West Coast and Boland regions in the build-up to the rally.
Eastern Cape ANC secretary Oscar Mabuyane on Monday said the party had identified the province as one of the main crowd sources for the rally due to its proximity to the Western Cape. The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro region has been tasked with recruiting up to 2,500 supporters to attend the rally.
The second-biggest delegation will be from Sarah Baartman, the region that covers Grahamstown, Port Alfred and Cradock, with about 2,300 supporters.
Buffalo City region would also be one of the crowd sources as it planned to send 1,600 ANC supporters to the rally, while Amathole and Chris Hani regions would each bus 1,000 supporters to Cape Town, Mr Mabuyane said. “Our plan is to use the closest ANC regions to the Western Cape to send more people than those further east.”
The supporters are scheduled to leave on Friday afternoon and will be dropped off at the stadium on Saturday morning.
“We expect the rally to be over by noon, meaning our supporters will have enough time to relax before being bussed back to the province on Saturday afternoon,” Mr Mabuyane said.
“There is no sleeping over. Our planning is such that everyone will be able to be back home by Monday morning.”