Pomp and colour as Uhuru, Zuma and Ramaphosa mark ANC's 106 years

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

Speaking after their meeting in Durban, SA both heads of state said they discussed trade and connectivity and how these would boost industrialisation and also create jobs for millions of young people.

South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the President of the ANC, said President Kenyatta's visit is a clear indication that the two countries want to work together to grow their economies.

South Africans went into a frenzy when President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived for the 106th anniversary celebrations of the African National Congress on Saturday.

"President Kenyatta and the Jubilee delegation are here to express fraternal relations between the people of the two countries", Mr Ramaphosa said. "I have had the opportunity to brief [president Zuma] on South Sudan and to discuss other issues", said Kenyatta.

In a video that is slowly getting viral and one that was seen by Zipo.co.ke, Kenyatta is seen alighting from his limousine with one security officer opening the door but his counterpart delays to hold it making it swing back and hit the President as he adjusted his coat.

"[Today's visit] has laid the groundwork for my state visit, which should be sometime in the first quarter of this year, where we hope to conclude some very strong agreements of mutual benefit", Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta jets back into the country from South Africa
Present to receive him at the airport was deputy president William Ruto and other senior government officials

Thousands of members filled Buffalo City Stadium in the industrial town of East London for the colorful event.

"We also feel that while he is here, he will participate in the birthday celebrations of the ruling party", Zuma said.

He said the visit by President Kenyatta would strengthen the bonds among the citizens of the two countries and the ruling parties.

Ramaphosa is a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, and was the lead negotiator in talks to end apartheid and the writing of the country's constitution.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the ANC's national executive committee January 8 statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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