ANC blings up Polokwane
Cedric Mboyisa and Jan-Jan Joubert
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.
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.
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.
» 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
» 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
» 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