In the presence of President Jacob Zuma, a World Cup football stadium in South Africa has hosted a centenary party for the ruling ANC.
The central city of Bloemfontein is where Africa’s oldest liberation movement was born.
“It is a joyous celebration for all the people of South Africa who, with the support of the continent, and the world, destroyed colonial oppression and apartheid,” Zuma told the tens of thousands of people present.
Frail health prevented ex-president Nelson Mandela from attending. Long banned, the ANC took power in 1994 after he negotiated an end to apartheid with the white-minority government.
But amid in-fighting and the gap between the African National Congress elite and South Africa’s poor masses, some now wonder how long it can continue to rule.