ANC accuses the DA of using dompasses and influx control in Cape Town

By Drum Digital
09 January 2015

The ANC has accused the DA of using “dompasses” and “influx control” control measures to make it difficult for it to hold its 103 birthday bash at the Cape Town stadium tomorrow.

The celebrations, which are to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma on Saturday morning, are expected to draw a crowd of 66 000 to the 52 000-capacity soccer stadium. The overflow will be accommodated in the vicinity of the main venue in Green Point.

The City of Cape Town has ordered the ANC should dispense tickets to its supporters to enter the venue for crowd control purposes.

ANC head of campaigns Nomvula Mokonyane said they were in consultations with the city about the tickets, which she said were now being used “as dompas”—the loathed apartheid passes that were used to limit the movement of black people.

“The ANC has been organising these events from 1990. We’ve gone everywhere and anywhere. We’ve been moving from one province to the other…the most tedious and complicated experience is this one. For what reasons, I don’t know,” she said.

Mokonyane said they had been forced to change their posters as they did not comply with the city’s bylaws regulating font sizes, and they had not been allowed to use firecrackers and confetti on the pitch, unlike in other venues elsewhere.

“This tight influx kind of control has been the first experience ever, even here in the Western Cape…I’ve also seen how the executive mayor (Patricia de Lille) has been undermined. She offered us her (stadium) suite, it’s taken. Somebody said close that suite. She offered to relax some of the conditions around the posters..(but) we were short-changed,” she said.

“There’s a lot that has to be done just to change the attitudes. The experience has not been good. We have our political differences, but what bothers some of us is the attitude of the officials,” she said.

The ANC claims that it was forced to destroy 4000 posters—which cost about R16 each to produce—as they did not comply with the rules.

ANC deputy secretary Jessie Duarte expressed concern that the posters were not allowed in town as it the font would apparently distract drivers, yet the municipality hadn’t barred the party from using them in the townships.

“This is a very strange thing we have experienced where there appears to be an element of an urban dweller having a different sight perspective to a person living in an informal settlement and the predominantly black townships of the Western Cape,” she said.

Various provinces will bus in party supporters to the event, with the exception of KwaZulu-Natal.

State Security Minister David Mahlobo said security would be tight around the city and the vicinity of the stadium.

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