ANC treasurer-generalMathews Phosa was in jovial and celebratory mood when he danced at the party's 98th anniversary provincial celebrations at Skoonplaas Stadium in Musina, Limpopo.
Introducing the ANC national executive committee representative, premier and provincial chairperson Cassel Mathale said: "We are gathered here to get command from Luthuli House. Dr Mathew Phosa is the one issuing the command."
Phosa spoke about how the country's democracy was helping other countries and thanked South Africans who were voluntarily on peace missions in Haiti, Burundi, the DRC and Congo.
"Our democracy is not only for us but for humanity," said Phosa.
He further called on teachers to be in the class seven hours a day and called on parents to make sure their children were at school.
He said this would enable the country to have basic skills and not import skills from other countries.
Phosa also urged ANC members to go back home and build branches.
"This will make sure that we prevail in the challenges that await us in 2011," he said, referring to the local government elections.
But he also warned mayors and councillors who were not pulling their socks that they would be expelled.
After thanking ANC veteran Ike Maphoto, who participated in the Wankie battalion that combined the ANC's Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Zimbabwe African People's Union, he thanked the government under Jacob Zuma for having made a success of running the country.
"We were called all sorts of names but our success in leading the country has confounded our critics," he said.