Media statement on reports on Former President Mandela and ANC Rally
8 January 2009
The ANC has noted reports in a couple of newspapers about the attendance of former ANC President Nelson Mandela at the launch of the ANC`s 2009 election manifesto.
The ANC did not expect Mandela to attend the ANC events in the Eastern Cape this weekend.
He has repeatedly stated that he is a loyal member of the ANC, but he is now retired, and we do not expect him to be active at the age of 90.
He has sent a message of support that will be read out at the ANC`s 97th anniversary celebrations in East London on Saturday.
Issued by: Jessie Duarte
African National Congress