Heads of state flocking to ANC bash

2012-01-04 22:18
Bloemfontein - The African National Congress expects 46 heads of state at its 100th anniversary bash this weekend, but isn't sure its iconic leader Nelson Mandela will attend, the party said on Wednesday.

"We continue to hope, but that's not an issue you can ever finalise until the very last moment because the spirit must also move the old man," ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete told journalists.

At 93 and increasingly frail, Mandela has not been seen in public since July 2010 where he delighted fans at the World Cup final with a surprise appearance.

After a health scare in January 2011, he retired to his rural childhood village.

The democratic hero's family will attend, alongside heads of state, former leaders and members of the anti-apartheid movement, said Mbete.

The party expects 46 heads of state to attend the three days of celebrations that start Friday, with 100 000 supporters expected to flood into the normally placid central city of Bloemfontein.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni are among leaders that have confirmed attendance for the anniversary of the party which has been in power the fall of apartheid in 1994.

Events include a golf tournament, a ritual cleansing ceremony and animal sacrifice at the church where the party was founded in 1912. President Jacob Zuma is expected to give a speech on Sunday.

Former president Thabo Mbeki, who the party removed from office just months before the end of his second term, will attend, as will Nobel Peace Prize winner, retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has sharply criticised the ANC in power.

- SAPA
Read more on:    anc  |  thabo mbeki  |  yoweri museveni  |  robert mugabe  |  nelson mandela  |  desmond tutu  |  goodluck jonathan  |  bloemfontein  |  anc centenary
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
35 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may be bothering you. A flooded mind and impulsive reactions are not a good combination as you are not thinking clearly....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.