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President Thabo Mbeki will be "measured" by the way he deals with the current political tensions within the ruling ANC in his State of the Nation address today.

"We are anxious to hear how the executive authority of this country views the present socio-political situation - and what economic prospects are there for this country against the backdrop of the convulsions which are rocking the ruling party," said Azapo secretary general Dan Habedi.

He said Azapo hopes Mbeki will be able to restore public confidence in the ability of government to steer the country to prosperity.

"We need to be convinced that we are not degenerating into a banana republic," he said.

The ANC has reported to be rocked by political tensions since the Polokwane congress. There are also rumours the new ANC leadership under Jacob Zuma intends purging government of Mbeki supporters.

The UDM told Sowetan it would soon engage various stakeholders with a view to holding a national convention - to review progress made since the advent of democracy in 1994.

l Mbeki's speech will be broadcast live on SABC 2 and on African language radio stations. In addition, 120 big screens will beam it to rural areas.

Government Communication and Information Service (GCIS) deputy chief executive Baby Tyawa said Mbeki's speech will be distributed to communities in all eleven official languages.

"There will also be a community radio station link up, in which the address will be broadcast to more than 40 stations."


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