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Thousands expected at ANC's 100th bash

2012-01-02 14:15

Johannesburg - The ruling ANC marks its 100th anniversary this week with a huge celebration attended by dozens of heads of state and buoyed by an unbroken 17 years in power since the end of apartheid.

More than 100 000 people are expected in Bloemfontein, where the South African Native National Congress was founded on January 08 1912. It was renamed the African National Congress in 1923.

President Jacob Zuma will pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and other heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle in a speech at the city's football stadium wrapping up three days of festivities on Sunday.

The celebrations include a traditional ceremony, a golf tournament, concerts and gala dinner. Zuma is also expected to light a centenary flame, which will tour South Africa as a symbol of the resistance against apartheid.

A Sunday service will be held in the Wesleyan church building where the movement was born. The South African post office will also release a commemorative stamp to celebrate Africa's oldest liberation movement.

The guest list has not been made public, but the party has said it invited comrades that helped its struggle against white minority rule. Representatives of Scandinavian anti-apartheid movements and of India's ruling Congress Party are expected, as well as dignitaries of the countries that supported the ANC in exile from South Africa from 1960 to 1990.

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"They are coming to South Africa to congratulate not just the ruling party, but all South Africans on the strides that the country and its people have made in destroying colonial oppression and apartheid, and promoting reconciliation and nation building," Zuma said in his New Year address.

But critics have voiced concerns about the ANC's stranglehold on parliament - where it holds 264 of the 400 seats - and its bucking against the constraints the law imposes on its powers.

In the southern African region, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia have suffered under one-party regimes imposed by independence leaders, though most later allowed multi-party democracy.

Meanwhile, the neighbouring Zimbabwe liberation movement of President Robert Mugabe, Zanu-PF, has left little freedom to opposition parties, even as it shares power in a unity government following disputed 2008 polls.

Ever the loyal friend, the ANC maintained strong links with its brothers in arms with dubious democratic records like the late Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, while back home Nelson Mandela's party installed one of the most liberal constitutions in the world after sweeping to a historic victory in the first free elections in 1994.

Twelve other parties are represented in Parliament, and the country enjoys independent courts and a free and vocal media.

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But Zuma has come in for criticism for placing political allies in influential posts in state prosecuting authorities and the president has several times warned the judiciary from hampering the work of government.

A recent law allowing for journalists to be jailed for up to 25 years for publishing classified information has soured relations with the media.

The law defines classification vaguely, leaving the media worried about prosecution if it continues exposing corruption scandals that regularly taint the ANC and its ministers.

The ANC's sheer size means internal dissension becomes a national issue as a diverse membership seesaws between liberal policies and Marxist tendencies.

Some of Zuma's lieutenants have plotted against him, and he has been openly challenged by the ANC Youth League under the firebrand leadership of Julius Malema. The party suspended Malema for ill-discipline in November, but he has appealed the decision.

The centenary festivities effectively are a preview of the party's next leadership conference in December. Zuma hopes to win a second term as ANC head, which will enable him to stay on as state president after 2014 general elections.

Comments
  • Shirley - 2012-01-02 14:25

    All aboard!!!!! Gravy train arriving Bloemfontein station! All free loaders welcome!

      Johnny - 2012-01-02 16:08

      In the corporate world it is working like a bomb; if you want the African members in a meeting and on time, just organize a free lunch afterwards, and they will be there!

      fredahsm - 2012-01-02 16:21

      Johnny, u an idiot.

      bernpm - 2012-01-02 16:39

      @fredahsm...intelligent comment! must have a Phd

      Ken - 2012-01-02 16:40

      Ultimately the majority will get what they deserve. 100% ANC win at the polls. And everything that comes with a government that achieves 100%, the end of elections! Maybe not today, but the "newborn majority printing press" is churning out more majority every year.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-02 17:36

      There will be much snorting and grunting in the trough and the illiterates will gather together to slap one another on their portly backs to celebrate and laugh of their millions being stolen by each Banana Republic. The Scandinavians are just there to check out the mamas.

      Eish - 2012-01-02 17:42

      @johnny stop comparing banana and pumpkin

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 18:10

      I take it that Sponge-Bob Squarehead Mugabe and his entourage will be lavishly accomadated. Probably a whole table will be empty because so many despots died this past year.

      Thandi - 2012-01-02 19:21

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 19:49

      R400mil = Its about R10 per person. I'm sure we would all give ten rand a month so that the ANC can party all year round if they just let someone with brains run the country while the booze and brawl.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-02 14:28

    how do you celebrate 100 years of stupitidy by spending R400m

      Moss Mphahlele - 2012-01-02 14:47

      It's better than the Verwoerds of the past!!

      Anthony - 2012-01-02 14:55

      would you like a cup of coffie? wake up

      Dewdawn - 2012-01-02 15:23

      You get you Sushi buddy to organize a Vodka swilling affair with women, fish and caviar.

      Mark - 2012-01-02 15:37

      @Paul then why did you not revert to your natural state before the 'colonials' (sic) arrived after 1994. No electricity, no public education, no law, no democracy, no women's rights, tribalism, nepotism, corruption.. oh wait... I guess you're all getting there.

      rhino - 2012-01-02 15:58

      @ Anthony..."how do you celebrate 100 years of stupitidy by spending R400m???" Easy.... just stay being stupid!! (by the way it is stupidity & coffee)

      Paul - 2012-01-02 16:00

      Must be a 'white rhino'.

      Mark - 2012-01-02 16:01

      Ah.. Slavery has been practiced by every nation and race, going back as far as written history, and definitely before that. You're just a cherry picker; Europeans 'invented' slavery but didn't invent ways to harness the power of electricity. My forefathers arrived in 1920 with the precise intention of educating Africans, oppressed for centuries by superstitions and their chiefs - I can see they failed in your case.

      Azande - 2012-01-02 16:16

      its extra ordinary stupidity that saw a country taken from hands of evil racists, engineers of apartheid. that implemented AA, BEE and had more blacks well off. We now own houses in sandton, brynston, camps bay, plattenburg bay etc, thanks to this stupidity. Hahahahaha intelligent Anthony

      Mark - 2012-01-02 16:38

      And where was the ANC founded? In a church. That's because it was the missionary schools that rejected Bantu education, and taught Africans about democratic ideals. Can you actually delineate the NG Kerk from other streams of Christianity? Of what worth are all those degrees if you are unable to apply even a semblance of critical thinking. Oh I also hold a post-graduate degree in African Economic History and Development studies, which I passed Cum Laude. I also happen speak three languages, including Korean - I don't know how these facts even relate to our conversation, but since you wanted to turn this into an ad hominem, intellectual achievement **** measuring contest I'm happy to oblige. I guess you came up 'short'.

      Riaan - 2012-01-02 16:44

      Azande I take it you're not one of the "we". LOL

      Anthony - 2012-01-02 16:55

      @ azande you sound proud of AA BEE are you on the gravy train then. how does it feel that someone else must work hard and you steal there money. wow what a proud man you must be???

      Paul - 2012-01-02 16:57

      @Mark get yourself a book distributed by Readers Digest called 'The True History of South Africa' and read the 700 odd pages. The mission schools were 'labour brokers' for white farmers and those who refused to work on farms had to pay 'hut tax'.

      Riaan - 2012-01-02 17:03

      Moss Mphahlele How many Verwoerds were there, dumb ass?

      Azande - 2012-01-02 17:07

      @Riaan, i'm not one of them, i own a shack in crossroads. @Anthony, i'm proud of AA/BEE model. Its a good model which has done much in bridging the economic inequalities between blacks and whites. “Stealing from another person”, I cannot say much as I don’t have any evidence that supports that, you will need to elaborate there.

      Mark - 2012-01-02 17:18

      Now, that's a somewhat better tone. I looked for that book, but I can't see it on Google. You should be a little skeptical of any source that starts out claiming to be the 'TRUE' story on any matter. It has already made the claim that all other sources are fallacious either by negligence or design - and the notion of historical 'truth' or 'fact' sways with the context of the source. Thus we can say that some missionaries were less scrupulous than others in how they interacted with the Africans under their tutelage. I think that you would be hard pressed to prove that all missionary stations and schools behaved in this way. It's bad practice to focus on a few rotten apples and 'spoil the barrel' so to speak. You can't honestly expect us to believe that Africans spontaneously started using the Alphabet, paper and pencil to record their language. Even if every single missionary was as bad as you claim, (which they were not) some good still came out of the system.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 18:20

      Azande, do you actually pay tax?

      Mfana - 2012-01-02 19:05

      becos we can

  • Robi - 2012-01-02 14:31

    The question is, is the ANC today the ANC of Luthuli, Dube, Moroka,Tambo, Mandela, Mbeki and other leaders. How the leaders of ANC today operates remind me of how Nigerians hijack and throw out building owners in Jozi. It seems as true ANC leaders are not in the ANC today.

      Derek - 2012-01-02 14:58

      Don't worry Robbi, Julius is in the wings.

  • Bongani - 2012-01-02 14:32

    "However, unlike many African liberation movements which came to power before it, the ANC has generally resisted becoming an authoritarian government" Who wrote this?????? This IS a one party state! A spineless one that can't even discipline its own Youth League. They have turned everything the ANC once stood for into a circus!

  • Mark - 2012-01-02 14:34

    Will Dos Santos, the supreme embezzler of Angolan national resources be there? Perhaps seated next to Mugabe.

      Malcolm - 2012-01-02 14:43

      Dos Santos is bound to be there. Birds of feather......

      Paul - 2012-01-02 16:41

      @Rustic because he won't give the oil fields to foreign corporates for embezzlment. It is amazing how you stereotypes never apply the same adjectives to yourselves. Libya, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia are model countries which Angola should aspire too?

      Malcolm - 2012-01-02 18:34

      Paul, I bet my last dollar that you would also prefer the Saudi and Kuwait model where most of the population get a fair share of the cake. Unless one is on the gravy train or just plain down stoopid, they they prefer the Angola or Nigeria model.

  • Derek - 2012-01-02 14:39

    Wish I could be there! Viva ANC Viva!!!!!

      Albert - 2012-01-02 15:09

      No. De Klerk was.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-02 17:52

      Imagine how much fried chicken there will be??? Viva!! Gravy!! Viva!!!

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-02 14:44

    The constitution was not "installed by Nelson Mandela's party" It was installed by CODESA, mostly despite the ANC, not because of them. If the world and the press weren't watching them, the ANC hegemony would wipe their collective backsides on the constitution, in their headlong greedy persuit of riches.

      Derek - 2012-01-02 14:51

      Oh, so the ANC wasn't responsible for the demise of Aparheid either?

      PeggySven - 2012-01-02 15:54

      @Derek, the CancER was not responsible for the demise of Apartheid, the Referendum by the Whites were responsible for the end of Apartheid. The only thing that the CancER were responsible for, was the total destruction of the South African infrastructure and the surge in crime and corruption by CancER "Comrades". Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

      Azande - 2012-01-02 16:26

      FYI, the constitution of SA was promulgated in 1996. The apartheid constitution died a slow death before then. are you sure you refering to the right constitution, or you still living with that of 1942?

      fredahsm - 2012-01-02 16:40

      @burtfred- suggest you read S74 of the current Constitution, you might learn a few things.........

      Riaan - 2012-01-02 16:51

      Derek - Pelease. They can't even find their way out of a wet paper bag. What more so in the case of being responsible for the demise of apartheid.

  • tbomelamsomi - 2012-01-02 14:45

    Theres not much to celebrate truth be told.i cant see another "unbroken" 17 years of "Rule".

      Gerhard - 2012-01-02 19:27

      RULE???

      Gerhard - 2012-01-02 19:28

      The descendants of Bokassa and Idi Amin

  • TamaraSays - 2012-01-02 14:48

    Gee my krag. What a HUGE waste of taxpayer money. Corrupt, self glorifying IDIOTS!

  • Larry - 2012-01-02 14:52

    It should turn out to be a right old Pig Farm.

      Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2012-01-02 17:47

      Animal farm

  • mholthuysen - 2012-01-02 14:57

    And we certainly have 400 Million Rand to throw away for self celebration. I just read about the celebrations of the SPD and CDU the largest parties of one of the most powerful economical nations on earth - Germany. They paid for their own birthday celebrations - funding from government or tax pockets O EUR; but here in SA we are soooo rich, and there is no poverty that we certainly have all this money to throw out of the window!

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-01-02 15:02

    Why should the taxpayers pay for the celebrations of a Political Party? Just wondering!

      Boris Ndawonde - 2012-01-02 15:34

      they rule remamber

      Azande - 2012-01-02 16:29

      U probably still wondering how the country is ran by a "black" given the apartheid principles in your mind.

      Riaan - 2012-01-02 16:54

      Janee. With stupid supporters like these three cretins above, the cANCer will probably rule for a long time. Not even three brain cell between the lot of them. LMAO

      Azande - 2012-01-02 17:11

      on the dot, Riaan. thanks for understanding. u have to organize a one way ticket to aussies. YOUR TIME IS UP.

      Riaan - 2012-01-02 17:15

      Azande Not before I organise you a one way ticket to Hades.

      Geronimo - 2012-01-02 17:34

      the Congo is calling for the return of all her idiots to return home.

      Azande - 2012-01-02 17:34

      @Riaan, do you know Hades really? impressed. At least there is one thing we can talk and agree about.

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-02 15:02

    I saw the heading, and thought, "Hmmm, so not many people will be there, only hundreds." Is anyone editing these News 24 articles?

  • Wesley - 2012-01-02 15:14

    What about a week holiday and T shirt for everybody

  • Dewdawn - 2012-01-02 15:27

    This is lovely, let them party and the DA can hold up a new "F" in the 2012 report card on the conduct of the Riders Of The Gravy Coach (train was not maintained and is rusting away) pulled by that wonder steed Greed.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-02 15:41

    cant wait...

      Riaan - 2012-01-02 16:54

      Well I can

      Burtfred - 2012-01-02 20:15

      Azanian? Huh? Where the phuck is azania? Where do you live - in cyberpace?

  • JudithNkwe - 2012-01-02 15:50

    I appreciate everyone's anger here - however perhaps yoiu should start supporting those people who would vote against the ANC instead of rudely dismissing them as idiots. Many people who would post different votes are feeling unsupported. If you want change - then assist it in happening, that's how we brought the Apartheid government down. We want equity - make sure it happens in your community

      Bongani - 2012-01-02 15:59

      Thank you Judith. At last somebody on here that has some sense!

      Jerhone - 2012-01-02 17:59

      to Judith it was only sanctions that brought down the apartheit government, i wish you zombies would stop your delusions of grandeur your glorious umkomtwe wants sweets were just alot of useless soldiers running around in northern and central Africa playing soldiers never engaging in combat with the SADF if they ever did they were washed out like a skid mark in an underpants, you've had equity for 17 yrs what the hell has the ANC done with all the billions that has passed through their hands if you are inteligent you will realise that all that money could have built real harmoney in this country everyone would have had houses, jobs, decent hosptitals, but where is it,it is in useless stadiums unessacary defence procurements fancy jets for for el presidente and in the pockets of the black elite, now for their royal f*ck up the taxpayer which are also the poorest of the poor must pay for their p*ss up where they can pat each other on the backs like the good zombies that they are

      Bongani - 2012-01-02 18:04

      To all my fellow black South Africans. Please read this comment above mine and be thankful we are no longer ruled by this. Read the language and rise above this.

      Ben - 2012-01-02 18:45

      Thank you Judith, the most intelligent comment so far. This is definitely not between black and white. A lot of people in government should not be there and I am not talking colour.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-02 19:41

      ubhejane : Your comment 3rd up. Unfortunately I can only give you 60%. If you had omitted one word, you would have scored 100%. Nice try. Guess you got a bit emotional.

      Bongani - 2012-01-02 20:07

      @Maserati Quattroporte. You are right. Let me start over. To all my fellow South Africans, read Jerhone's comment, see the language, be thankful we are no longer ruled by these people but most of all rise above him and show the world there are many of us that want to make this country a great place for all of us.

  • CyberDog - 2012-01-02 15:53

    There will be free food, I am very sure there will be more attending than that .. I doubt if many of these really even care what the celebration is even about.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-02 15:55

    Despite their incompetences, i truely congratulate anc for successfully transforming mzansi into a promised land for black people from a thorn yard it was...thank you.

      Bongani - 2012-01-02 16:13

      When I was younger I felt the same Azanian. But as I grew up the incompetence you speak about made me realise that we can never grow as educated human beings if we don't learn the value of money. No government, no matter how good, and with a constitution like ours, can be successful if you can't manage the tax payers money. This would have been the perfect country if corruption and BEE didn't ruin it. Take the corruption and BEE/AA out of this picture and you end up with the most perfect place on earth. BEE/AA is an evil practice. Fullstop. There are many many South Africans of all races born here and they should have an equal opportunity to make the most of their careers. I now spend half my day trying to prove to everybody that I actually can do the job better than anybody else, but I am still perceived as the new fortunate elite that didn't have to work for what I have achieved. Doesn't this scenario remind you of Apartheid when only whites could get the top positions? I am a competitive man and I hate that everybody thinks it is colour of my skin that made me make it.

      The-Azanian - 2012-01-02 16:37

      bongani tell that to someone like me who had both parents unemployed with no tertiary finance. but thanks to anc and their inclusive nsfas programme my as was truelly saved.

      Azande - 2012-01-02 16:37

      @ubhejane, fair comment. what would you propose we do to bridge the significant economic inequality gap between blacks and whites?

      Piet - 2012-01-02 16:52

      Yebo, rent a crouwd, let them do some singing, feed them...then leave them at the station with no whota to drink. That is real power and leadership.

      Bongani - 2012-01-02 16:53

      @Azande. The past is what it is. We all carry our own scars because of it. As you have read on here many times the names I am still called on here. But we have to be sensible about empowerment. We can't continue appointing people into positions they are not qualified to man. Over the last 17 years many of us went to school and equipped ourselves with the tools to be in certain positions. Until we adopt this approach we will not get people motivated to better themselves. I can show you men in this country that are hugely successful because they are equipped to do what they are doing. Patrice, Cyril, Maponya. They didn't need a government to make it to the top. We can't continue rewarding teenagers to fall pregnant to get a grant. We need to reward learners to get better grades by giving them grants to study, even at school. We are not going to fix the injustice of the past by handing free stuff to people. The country will and is busy falling apart because of it. I would pay extra tax if learners are rewarded for academic achievements. It is insane what we are doing to ourselves.

      Azande - 2012-01-02 17:25

      @ubhejane, u are mixing disparate issues here. Can we stick to AA/BEE for now so that we deliberate and give adequate justice to it. AA/BEE is not implemented to punish people who were favoured in the past, NO. its there to ensure that people that are currently worse off are given preference to ensure that they get better off. AA/BEE does not prescribe that preference must be given to unqualified individuals, NO. It says, give preference to the “qualified” previously disadvantaged individuals. I do not think this is unfair unless you bring a more convincing argument.

      Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2012-01-02 17:45

      @Azande the only ethical way to bridge the gap is to do the things whites did to become priviledged, minus their job segregation(i.e AA/BEE), and that is quality education and job creation. Most whites go to good schools and tertiary before they die. Can you say the same about blacks? So how will they achieve the same? Whites created an economy and cities out of nothing. Have blacks done the same? Where will jobs come from then? Also, family planning. Most whites have 1 or 2 kids, only after marriage/proper education and financial comfort, with one partner. You know that even amongst educated blacks, this is generally not so. The govt should be there to facilitate those things, but the ANC isn't. Poor blacks and their govt are very fortunate to have whites(and their system) to look up to and emulate for prosperity. That is a largely underused privilege. Instead, blacks have copied the bad part of the previous white system(institutional AA racism) and will fail just like the previous system did.

      Bongani - 2012-01-02 17:51

      @Azande. I like your debate. It is so refreshing to talk to somebody that actually has something to debate about. Fine. Let us tackle BEE/AA, but before we get to this very important issue, we have to start at the top and ask ourselves how many of our current ministers are equipped to do their jobs? There are a few I have the highest respect for and top of my list is Nathi Mthethwa. But you can't fire a highly educated man like Thabo Mbeki and replace him with a man with no education just because he is popular or it is his turn now. This culture has also been the stumbling block in true economic empowerment. Let us use a practical example in real life. Say for instance we take a corporation like Bidvest which Brian Joffe has worked is backside off to make it what it is today. Do you think it is fair that Bidvest is then handed over to Cyril because he is black? Men should first qualify in matters of business and be appointed within Bidvest and then work themselves up like everybody else does. The young white Jews don't march into Bidvest and take over the corporation. The same should apply to us. But you know as well as I that the whites have designed their own agendas around the BEE/AA issue. Their agendas are also defeating the purpose. If I had to slog it away at university against all odds, then so should every other South African.

      Azande - 2012-01-02 18:42

      @johncarlos, the belief that most white people are educated is unfounded and untrue. Nepotism started with whites, where unqualified whites were given positions because of their color. we still have a lot of "formally" uneducated white people in positions. In government, most whites are uneducated and clinging in one position for years because they have nowhere to go, no formal academic qualification. I nevertheless agree that everything should start with good education. I will not comment much on the style of living, ie number of children, marriage or before marriage thing, because it’s an individual’s choice to make or not to make babies, get married or not. Lastly, the economic growth in SA grew for the first time in so many years post 1994. SA was able to compete with the global community in business and thanks to ANC. Look at the infrastructure upgrade we have done since 1994, Malls, Airports, Stadiums. how many houses have been built to remove people from the shacks? Sanitation and water systems, electricity. Let me tell you, black people understand and acknowledge the significant work done by this government because they know where they come from. You white people can never understand this because you've never been in these conditions that blacks were in. I say this not to pull a race card but to state a fact. As i said AA/BEE is not to punish whites but to give preference to previously disadvantaged individuals and I still maintain it is a fair practise.

      Azande - 2012-01-02 18:57

      @ubhejane, the appointment of ministers has nothing to do with AA/BEE. They get appointed politically using a specific criterion within the political party. This applies to any appointment of a politicians ie Zuma for Mbeki. The incompetence of ministers is another subject which we can debate outside AA/BEE debate. I like your example of Bidvest. If you look at organizations such as Bidvest and all other big organizations, the government does not impose in how the appointments should be made. Government however says to organizations, “make sure that there is equity, in gender, disabled, previously disadvantaged individuals such as blacks, coloreds and Indians”. Government let the organizations do as they please as long as they are mindful of the government mission to ensure that the wealth of the country shared fairly and the reflection of the population is represented proportionally in a workplace. I still do not see anything wrong in this mission.

      Bongani - 2012-01-02 19:21

      @Azande. You sound just like my boss! Yes you are right as long as education becomes our first priority. No South African born after 1994 should not have an equal opportunity to make the most of his career. I just love outperforming the whites at work. It is great to be free and yes I have the ANC to thank for that, but I want us as a country to succeed.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 19:45

      Azande and ubhujane - get a room...

      Azande - 2012-01-02 19:50

      @ubhejane, having acknowledged what the ANC has done for us, there's however a lot to be done to make sure that the country moves forward. Self enrichment through corruption by government officials is a pandemic that is worse than AIDS. There leniency towards children about ensuring they go to school is a “killer” to the future of the country. Children must be forced to go school otherwise parents must account for any child that is seen wandering around streets during school hours.

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-01-02 20:09

      @Azande 1. Family planning is key for prosperity. We are discussing prosperity, not human rights. If you have kids you cannot afford, or your kids hinder your career(having kids before a stable career), you will underachieve financially and your kids will not prosper as much as they could have. They will complain that daddy didn't leave them a will or a study fund, and they are disadvantaged compared to whites, despite their parents being educated. 2. Regardless of past NP nepotism, whites by and large get a good high school education and go up to tertiary. The good tertiaries, not the black ones where some lecturers are easy to bribe. Trace the progress of this past year's Hoerskool Random and Madoda Secondary, and see which group will have better work skills than the other. We both know the answer. Bridge that difference instead of discriminating against the better group at work! 3. The economy that grew in 1994 was still built largely by whites. The malls are built by whites, whether investors or the engineering company. That is still the job creation blacks must emulate. It is a little appalling that you think you have countered my argument by mentioning post-94 economic progress. Even if blacks claim all the economical progress of '94 as their own, we still would have had higher growth if the ANC's labour laws and economic policies were more conducive. If you still feel the need to argue, look at it this way: blacks who do the things whites do live like whites.

  • Eish - 2012-01-02 15:58

    82 years of struggle, 17 years of freedom, 100 years of celebration _+ 5 million people in South Africa are tax payers and _+ 13 million are on government grand’s while _+ 25% of the population are unemployed. With this unbalanced figures how do you justify R400 million of tax payer money? Who are struggling to celebrate their financial freedom?

      Piet - 2012-01-02 16:58

      @Azanian. So Azanian of you...

      fredahsm - 2012-01-02 16:58

      82 yrs of struggle, who funded them? confused, eish!

      Riaan - 2012-01-02 17:01

      Tsk Tsk, no need to get personal you mudhut moron good for nothing. Are you telling me a country with 5 million whites "suppressed" (sic) the whole African continent? LOL. How's that for white supremacy. When does school start again. Either that or you should ask your money back.

  • malcolm - 2012-01-02 16:13

    Its a great pity that the ANC are not celebrating 17 years of leadership. Leaders lead, and dictators rule. We all know under which umbrella the ANC falls. Thieving, corrupt, bastards.

  • Garth - 2012-01-02 16:14

    400 million rand of OUR money to celebrate 100 years of: Cowardice. Abuse of its own. Destruction of property. Murder of innocents. Looting. Outright theft. Nepotism. Crony-ism. Ineptitude. Falsehoods, and Pure, utter and complete in-utility and USELESSNESS! R400 million - you thieves!

      Azande - 2012-01-02 16:42

      not surprised by your comment... still crying over lost fortunes of apartheid. the celebration make sense to the majority of this country and that's all that matters in a democratic state.

      nico.maponya - 2012-01-02 16:55

      yawning...uuuuuuuuuuummmmmmm.Garth you're so boring.ANC has done so much to improve the lives of poor people whom your grandfathers caused.So please give us(ANC) a break!.just get lost...in the bush.

      Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2012-01-02 17:28

      @Garth how can you leave out their racism...!

      Irene - 2012-01-02 19:58

      Azande and Nico ~ I have nothing but pity for you. Your ignorance is astounding and it's because of this ignorance and inability to see things for what they are, that you will NEVER get anywhere in life. Sorry for you.

  • qiniso.mngomezulu - 2012-01-02 16:16

    if only thaey were taht good at organasing the country, i have nothing again the anc bt if they cab spend 400m on sushi en private jets imagine what they can do for all the matrics with no registration money or me who will be repaying nasfas for the rest of my freaken life?????????????????????

      Azande - 2012-01-02 16:54

      this celebration is important to a lot of us. we are remembering about 82 years of grief, innocent lost lives, blood shed, tears of pain, shelterlessness, confiscation of our land. we are celebrating 17 years of living as true human beings, having value in life, redress of inequlaities caused by apartheid. is that not worth this celebration. no cost can equate the cost of that 83 years in our lives. please let us do our thing.

      fredahsm - 2012-01-02 18:01

      Excellent writting skills, whu taught you?

  • Comrade - 2012-01-02 16:19

    CELEBRATION ?????.... should be MOURNING !!!!!

  • James - 2012-01-02 16:31

    The ANC are greedy fools who are fiddling while rome burns. I am however happy to see the number of comments condemning this waste of money and even more impressed by the diversity of the group commenting here. It gives me hope that the new breed of ANC (can't call them leaders) fools won't go much further than 17 years and that this wonderful country will get a government interested in leading us to our potential instead of raiding the cookie jar. Lets look at the positive side, the ANC are burying themselves and many people can see it.

      Azande - 2012-01-02 16:58

      if you knew that majority of the people commenting in this forum are whites, i'm sure you would understand better and i would be worried if i were you to put my hope on them as they account for about 10% of the population.

  • GovenderMelvan - 2012-01-02 16:34

    I do agree that it is a waste of money but then again which government didnt do the same. Look at who own the good properties , have the better jobs or generally has a better life and then tell me that those people got what they wanted because of hard work. Corruption was there alright and that is one of the reasons that people were seperated and made to live in townships while some enjoyed the better life., I say "suck it up" the celebration will happen and will cost a s*&tload of money and there is nothing anybody can do about it. The previous government had their time to abuse government funds but back then nobody gave a s*^t or at least wasn't allowed to even have an opinon .Most people are just pissed because their turn is over.

      Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2012-01-02 17:24

      Back then people did not have free access to information and the Nazi newspapers supported that govt. Today, we have an independent media and we know about many things that go wrong. Why should we be silent and look the other way?

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-02 16:41

    Should be a few punch ups and bottle throwing at this party .

  • An observer - 2012-01-02 16:44

    I'm a little confused but perhaps just uninformed. My understanding of the formation of the ANC was the response from Sol Plaaitjies against the 1913 Land Act when he convened a meeting in Bloemfontein to discuss this insidious piece of legislation. This would mean the ANC are 1 year ahead of history or am I mistaken.

  • fredahsm - 2012-01-02 17:07

    Vumani bo! in 2012 I still see people with lot of anger, Vumani!

  • Jerhone - 2012-01-02 17:24

    "They are coming to South Africa to congratulate not just the ruling party, but all South Africans on the strides that the country and its people have made in destroying colonial oppression and apartheid and hospitals, roads, job opotunities,policing,electrical supply,defence force,fuel provision, education etc.and above all acountability to the tax payer

      The-Azanian - 2012-01-02 17:44

      And the rdp houses built for the poor, roads built in rural areas, free education for disadvantaged up to tertiary, world class human rights and an outstanding gdp growth during gear period...

      Jerhone - 2012-01-02 18:28

      to Anzanian i'm happy for those who have had houses built through the ANC but look how few and look at the quality of those houses, what you are missing is that had they the ANC used all the money that they had wiseley how many more people could have had housing in the last 17 yrs, i don't blame you for not wanting a white person in charge of the country, but don,t give just anyone carte blanche to enrich themselves just because they are black, to the detriment of the millions who are getting the short end of the stick chose and support those who REALLY care for the peoples AND THE PROGRESS of this country

      Azande - 2012-01-02 19:22

      @jerhone, at least its "one family per house" unlike in apartheid where four families were flocking in one four roomed house. One room made a bedroom, kitchen and lounge for the whole family. You wont know that now is better coz you are "white".

      Jerhone - 2012-01-02 20:25

      To Anzanian you still don't get it,you've got a house for one family now you are satisfied and praising the ANC, that i can understand but what i can't understand is that you don't feel anything towards the other millions that were in your shoes because of mismanagement and theft of funds by the ANC still have no houses and who could all have had what you have now, you seem to be happy with a party that gave your people 10% but could have easily given them 100% were they not greedy and corrupt, don't settle for smoke and mirrors, but reach for the stars

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-01-02 17:35

    To bring this expense into a lighter perspective 400million will only cost each citizen registered in South Africa R8.30. It could have bought another stadium! It could have built 40 new state of the art high schools. It could have given every registered matriculant student a top of the range lap top. It could have been invested in an interest bearing account, the annual interest alone could have paid for all the school feeding schemes. 400 000 000 rand divided amongst our state reliant pensioners would put approximately R1 500.00 each. 400 000 000 rand could extend the Guatrain to Soweto or fix the National road between Bloemfontein and Natal. 400 000 000 rand could be used to establish 800 emerging farmers with a 500 000rand grant or give 4000 students a 100 000rand university education. It could also give every school going child one year free of school fees. It could have also been used to give every school child a free smart phone device with free access to the internet. The possibilities of spending so much money is endless, and the ways of celebrating 100years of the ANC is open to wild imagination but all they could come up with is another badly organized piss-up. They may claim entitlement to this criminal act of pocketing state funds, much of it to be spent on hosting foreign dignitaries (obviously Mugabe will be included while we wonder if Bishop Tutu will be) Of all the ways one could have possibly commemorated ANC decides to reinvent the word, waste!!

      Azande - 2012-01-02 17:40

      nice analysis. we dont want to do all that. we want the celebration. if you call it waste, well stick to your own opinion.

      Andrew - 2012-01-02 18:04

      Fiddle while Rome burns, Cry the Beloved Country. My heart weeps.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 18:17

      What are the chances of them sticking to R400m? Watch the bill climb past R1billion!

  • Marius Koen - 2012-01-02 17:58

    The mother of all hang- overs will follow! I dont care, as long as they clean up after themselves.

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-01-02 18:06

    Lets just sit and watch what happens in and to Bloemfontein during the next few days. Just watch!My money is on chaos and destruction.

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-02 18:52

    ANC....The party party. The poor, the homeless and the jobless have absolutely nothing to celebrate.

  • Irene - 2012-01-02 19:31

    The only thing these thieves have to celebrate is how much of the taxpayers money they've looted. I curse the ANC as well as any celebration they have because they have nothing to celebrate. PUKE!

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