ANC blings up Polokwane

2011-01-09 15:42

Polokwane - ANC bigwigs painted Polokwane gold, green and black when the ruling party celebrated its 99th anniversary this weekend.

On Thursday night, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and provincial Premier Cassel Mathale threw a sizzling party at the Raging Bull restaurant, across the way from the Limpopo ANC’s newly built headquarters, Mohlala House, that lasted until 03:30.
Earlier in the day, when Malema addressed young entrepreneurs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, it looked more like a motor exposition.

Range Rovers, BMW X5s, ­Mercedes-Benzes, Golf 5s, a Hummer and an Audi Q7 made the stadium look like an exclusive car dealership.

Guests also arrived in style for Friday night’s high-powered ANC business dinner.

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula arrived in her chauffeur-driven Lexus LS 460; disgraced former ANC spindoctor Carl ­Niehaus and his wife were seen driving around in a Mercedes E-Class; and Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile pitched up in a ­5-Series BMW.

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor came in a ­Mercedes ML 350 while Communist Party member and rural development and land reform ­deputy minister Thulas Nxesi drove up in an Audi Q7.

Extra cars

Such was the demand for luxury cars that some car rental companies had to bring in additional vehicles from Johannesburg.

Avis, Europcar, Budget Car Rental and Hertz were all out of luxury cars.

“All cars were taken by the people going to that ANC event,” said a car rental employee.

At the gala business dinner, reigning Miss South Africa Bokang Montjane sat with First Ladies MaNtuli, KaMadiba and MaNgema.

Limpopo kings Thulare Victor Thulare and Mbangiseni Masia Mphephu were seated at President Jacob Zuma’s table.

Also gracing the dinner were ­billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe, lottery boss Bongani Khumalo and businesswoman Bridgette Radebe.

ANC national executive committee members Billy Masetlha and Ngoako Ramatlhodi also ­arrived at the event, but Mbalula and Malema were conspicuously absent. They were later spotted at another party at the Raging Bull.

Chinese guets

The influx of Chinese guests was impossible to miss.

Now and then some of the South African guests – dressed in the best clothes money can buy, with Louis Vuitton handbags slung guilelessly over shoulders – would cast a glance at the significant number of Chinese guests and mumble about “colonialism of a special kind”.

No fewer than 1 500 people parted with big money to rub shoulders with the top structure of the ANC.

The event was organised by the ­party’s Progressive Business ­Forum (PBF).

Sponsors for the evening were the ANC, Motsepe’s Africa Rainbow Minerals, the PBF’s ­China-Africa branch, Protea ­Hotels, MTN and La Motte, the Franschhoek wine estate.

The menu

» Jack Daniel’s honey-glazed beef boerewors on red onion and tomato salsa, or herb-crusted salmon served on baby greens with a touch of lime zest

Main meal:
» Marinated and herbed leg of lamb prepared on the spit, chicken roulade with Danish feta, olives and sun-dried tomatoes, sweet chilli sauce and morogo with assorted vegetables and salads

» Tricolore chocolate mousse stack and seasonal fruit kebabs.

»La Motte Sauvignon Blanc, La Motte Millennium

Cash bar:

» Glenfiddich whisky (12 years old): R25 a shot

» Jameson’s whiskey: R15

» Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey: R20

» Captain Morgan dark rum: R10

» Captain Morgan Spiced Gold: R10

» Heineken, Amstel, Castle Light: R10 each

  • burtfred - 2011-01-09 16:06

    What? No Johnny Walker Blue or Chivas on the menu?

  • riaanvanstryp79 - 2011-01-09 16:13

    I wonder who paid for all these luxury car rentals....

  • geanann - 2011-01-09 16:18

    The Zuma brood is in town having fun - in pictures.

  • Frungy - 2011-01-09 16:25

    The ANC's taste in wine is atrocious! For an event of this level I would have expected to see Morganhof, Allesverloren, Meerlust, etc (listed in no particular order). Instead... La Motte? It's not bad, but it's certainly far from the best South Africa has to offer. Just shows they have no taste buds. They should have just saved a fortune and bought bulk Chicken Licken and Tassies.

  • leerobbertse - 2011-01-09 16:32

    Shit wish I was an ANC big wig, miss a hell of a party!!

      leerobbertse - 2011-01-09 16:36

      And a flight to Durban for supper, things is looking up for SA. The Nats had no idea how to spent money on the right things.

      Kobus - 2011-01-09 17:24

      An Audi Q7 for a communist? Bloody hell, Marx and Lenin will spin in their graves......but they simply can't resist showing off their new money!

  • Doug - 2011-01-09 16:42

    Probably used their hands and fingers to eat. Why no Tlokwe on the drinks menu?

  • Thandi - 2011-01-09 16:59

    Viva Anarchy nepotism Corruption

  • Allin - 2011-01-09 17:01

    "Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey" These idiots doesn't even know the difference between whisky and whiskey - but they will still guzzle it.

  • Anthony - 2011-01-09 17:12

    Poverty levels too high. hypocrites. Can I recommend spending the money I give you in tax on coming up with a solution, instead of using it for parties and the like? Every government is as bad as the next for this, so I am not going to bash the ANC. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Einstein said it the best "You can solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created it."

      Anthony - 2011-01-09 17:14

      Sorry, typo...."You can't solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it."

      Kobus - 2011-01-09 17:35

      Just imagine next year's party when it's 100 years!

  • Altus - 2011-01-09 17:29

    wel dit bewys vir ons net mooi hoe die hele land regeer word. en hoe die tax payer se geld gemors word.

  • johnbradfield27 - 2011-01-09 17:45

    What a joke. Quite a few are dressed like clowns. Saw one genius with three cell phones. Who needs THREE cell phones when we only have two ears?

  • dehaan1942 - 2011-01-09 17:48

    And these are the "holders of the moral high ground"! They saved "the people" from those horrible NATS! "A better life for ALL the people!" So, now we see who the people are for whom the better life was intended. A politician remains a politician - sacrificing himself in the service of the people. Lovely.

  • Boerseun - 2011-01-09 20:11

    Well, they forsure are a differnet type of communist, but still corrupt to the core. I hope the poor voters see this and realize what's happening.

  • ticticbang - 2011-01-09 21:11

    as the song goes: ''one day the bottom a go drop out''

  • Yaw - 2011-01-10 01:41

    is the ANC responsible for all South African problems?

  • Kwailoh88 - 2011-01-10 06:01

    But the big "Z" comments at the same venue - No progress on job creation - Zuma 2011-01-09 22:31 Johannesburg - There has not been much progress in government's job creation project due to the economical crisis that hit the world recently, President Jacob Zuma said during an interview on SABC 1 on Sunday What a bunch of liars

      jiamalunga - 2011-01-10 10:37

      Yet the people still vote for them...They must be the liars!

  • Will99 - 2011-01-10 07:06

    Ironic! A big bill in one of the poorest provinces!

  • themantshepo - 2011-01-10 09:20

    polokwane rocked man, what a privelage it was to be there drinking blue label and chivas with my commrades.... it was a special day...thanks to the tax payers who footed the bill for us thank you....amandla

  • Pragmatist - 2011-01-10 11:30

    well at least the suffering of the poor was alleviated by this... Lets all vote ANC so some incompetent wan&^%s can have a party!

  • Pragmatist - 2011-01-10 11:32

    Looks like a very European menu with European cars... They profess to reject the Whites, but LOVE their inventions...

  • pawsaw - 2011-01-10 12:16

    Would any other part have done the same thing? I remember feeling sick seeing NP and other politicians constantly binging at various excuses for a bling up party during apartheid years. I seem to think there was a scanda;l about Pik Botha and an illegal hunting trip or something in Namibia as well. When are civil servants going to realise that the money they are wasting on useless parties where they can show off to each other, could be improving schools and hospitals and security for everyone in this country? I thought that is what the ANC stood for and over the last 16 years it is abundantly clear that all they are is a bunch of former ideologues who were figting only for themselves and nobody else - a small select group/cadre who take the money but no responsibility for the problems that need resolution. When other parties point this out they are seen as jealous and laughed and sneered at but the masses still want to see these incompetent clowns running things. Surely there are smarter candidates out there who could restore some semblance of real governance and respectability to SA? Their colopur is unimportant but savvy and being in touch with reality and knowing how to delegate and to whom are prerequisites.

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