WANTS EXPANDED POWERS: Embattled South Africa president Jacob Zuma

African National Congress President Jacob Zuma has arrived at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium to be part of the 104th anniversary celebrations of the party.

Zuma, along with other leaders including national ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete, walked around the stadium waving at the crowd of thousands of dancing and whistling people who braved the scorching heat of the North West Province.

The Royal Bafokeng Stadium was a sea of green and gold as supporters donning party regalia filled the 45,000 capacity venue for the festivities and president Zuma will deliver the ANC’s traditional January 8 statement at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium today, Saturday.

Meanwhile, Zuma has urged the African National Conference Youth League needs to be less diplomatic and defend the ANC.

“Diplomacy belongs to us older people, not you,” he said at a cake cutting event at the Rustenburg Civic Centre during the ANC’s 104th anniversary celebrations.

“Tell them as it is [to] whoever stands in the way of the ANC. We won’t reprimand you and say you have gone astray, but you must do it in a disciplined way.”

Zuma said the ANCYL could not sit back while people attacked the ANC day and night. He said the “young lions” had to use social media such as Twitter and WhatsApp to defend the party.

“You need to defend the ANC, it is your duty. Now that the revolution is under threat, you must be at the forefront. That is the truth,” Zuma said.