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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
National Spokesperson
African National Congress