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CPC sends congratulatory message to centenary anniversary of S. African ruling party

Xinhua

BLOEMFONTEIN - On the occasion of the centenary anniversary of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC), the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) sent a congratulatory message to the ANC National Executive Committee on Sunday.

"Over the past one hundred years, the ANC, together with other progressive political forces, have led all the oppressed people of South Africa to fight a perseverant struggle through tremendous hardships and sacrifices and finally triumphed in ending the notorious apartheid system and freeing South Africa from centuries of colonial oppression and racial discrimination," said the message.

ANC is Africa's oldest liberation movement which was formed in 1912 in Bloemfontein to unite the South African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic changes.

The message said the CPC are heartily proud of ANC's great success.

ANC is South Africa's governing political party, which is supported by its tripartite alliance with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP), since the establishment of non-racial democracy in April 1994.

"In the 18 years in government, the ANC, honoring the Freedom Charter, has striven to promote national reconciliation, accelerate economic development, improve people's lives and build a Development State which benefits its entire people," said the message.

The historic legacy of ANC belongs not only to itself and people of South Africa, but also to all progressive forces in the world, it added.

The message also said that along the paths of development of the two countries, the CPC and the ANC have always shared sympathy and supported each other and forged a profound friendship.

The message said that this inter-party friendship has become the political cornerstone for relations between the new South Africa and China.

The CPC reaffirmed its readiness to deepen inter-party relations with ANC so as to boost the China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership for the benefit of the two peoples.

The ANC centenary celebrations were held in Bloemfontein from Friday to Sunday, with participation of some 46 heads of state and 6,000 guests from around the world, including Li Yuanchao, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.