Mpisanes’ bling ANC beach bash

2014-05-04 15:00

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Durban’s beachfront turned green, black and gold on Friday night as young revellers got up close and personal with politicians, soapie stars and musicians at a party believed to have cost Shauwn and S’bu Mpisane more than R1 million.

President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse Zuma, wearing a burgundy suit and a red ANC cap, was among the high-profile guests at the Mpisanes’ bash – which the couple billed as a way to celebrate the achievements of the ANC.

Former police commissioner Bheki Cele, businessman Mabheleni Ntuli, actors from Generations and Isibaya, Khanyi Mbau, axed Ukhozi FM DJ Linda Sibiya and controversial pastor Vusi Dube were also there.

From the early evening, beautiful young women wearing implausibly high heels picked their way across the sand as artist after artist took to the stage, remixing their songs to celebrate the ANC.

Champagne and expensive liquid gold flowed all night long in the two white marquees erected on the beach for the VIPs.?The vibe in the marquees was relaxed, with cocktail tables and white chairs complemented by white couches dotted with a touch of the ANC’s green, gold and black.

Guests didn’t go hungry: braaied pork chops, sirloin steak, spicy lamb sausages, fish, various curries and traditional dishes like steamed bread and tripe were all on the menu.

A close friend of the couple said: “The Mpisanes never compromise on food and drinks.”

“You saw that the bar was well stocked with Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Johnnie Walker Green Label and all the other expensive whiskies. People were also spoilt for choice at the buffet stands and food never ran out. In fact, caterers had to take the leftovers home,” she said.

Shauwn Mpisane, wearing gold-studded jeans, refused to discuss how much the festival cost.

“This is not about the money we spent, but reminding young people about the importance of voting for a party [ANC] that gave them freedom.”

Mpisane, who was cleared earlier this year of a series of tax fraud, fraud and forgery charges, owns the Zikhulise Group, a construction company which has won multimillion-rand tenders from the eThekwini Municipality and builds low-cost houses.

A source close to the couple told City Press that the type of stage set up at the festival, including lights and sound, cost close to R200 000.

“The lineup of artists would not have cost them less than R300 000. Actors from Isibaya, Generations and other well-known personalities were flown in from Joburg and booked into expensive hotels and all that doesn’t come cheap,” he said.

But Shauwn said: “I can tell you all about the festival and how it came about but not money.”

“The ANC has done so much for us and it is our responsibility to go out there and canvass for it. We have been hearing a lot of young people saying they are not going to vote in the upcoming elections. This saddened me and my husband, who came up with the festival idea, because being able to vote is a right that was fought for by our forefathers.

“This mentality of saying ‘We will not vote for the ANC because of a certain person’ is wrong. The ANC is not about a person but a legacy that our forefathers left for us. Young people need to be educated about that and we used music as a tool to drive that message because it is something they love and understand.”

Actors and actresses, including Generations star Winnie Modise – who campaigned for the Inkatha Freedom Party during the 2009 general elections – also backed putting President Zuma back in power.

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