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ANC centenary bash - only party money

2011-11-11 22:36

Bloemfontein - All ANC centenary events in January 2012 would be paid by the party itself, Free State ANC secretary Sibongile Besane said on Friday.

"The ANC events will be paid with our money," Besane told journalists.

He was reacting to concerns that taxpayers' would be used to fund the more than R400m for the ANC's centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein.

The R400m was on top of the R100m which the ANC had already budgeted for next year's big party.

Besane said any additional costs involving taxpayers' cash would be spent on improved infrastructure which would benefit everyone.

The Wesleyan School and Methodist Church in Waaihoek, Bloemfontein, were heritage sites. "It's [the school and church] the property of government now and the government must see that it is maintained.”

The first meetings of the ANC were held at the church in 1912.

Besane said government was spending taxpayers' money to improve infrastructure at the Vredefort Dome, a world heritage site, to benefit the region’s tourism.

"We are happy the government is spending money on heritage sites in Bloemfontein and we give no apology," he said.

The restoration of the Waaihoek Methodist church was expected to cost about R35m. The church was erected in the early 1800s in the Waaihoek township near the now Bloemfontein central business district.

Only the church, which until recently housed a panel beating shop, and four other structures remained of the former township.

The government also allocated some R200m to renovate the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium in Mangaung, which would host many of the celebration events.

It was reported that upgrades of about R15m was also done at the official house of Free State Premier Ace Magashule.

Comments
  • Ian - 2011-11-11 22:53

    oh please shut up, its the weekend, im too tired for your lies

      marina.poniatowska - 2011-11-11 23:40

      All political parties are funded with Tax money. Wish these faceless "thumbs down" cowards would leave a comment.

      alansmart223 - 2011-11-12 01:33

      @ marina.poniatowska..an unusual name but a nice sound to it. I gave Win a thumbs down.. but I am no coward. In the comment below (denise.wilshire) is exactly what went through my mind when I read Win's comment. I wont elaborate on what the extravaganza which he didn't mention is but she is spot on. As far as funding of political parties goes it is,(perhaps was) proportional to the seats the particular party has. What the uninformed rural poor population would think if they were informed and able to comprehend the enormous waste of money the fat cats are wasting I'm sure they would not keep this circus in power. Well, I'm no coward, so go in peace and God bless

      Lauren - 2011-11-12 06:55

      Marina, sure, but what are they doing with that tax money? That is the question you should be asking yourself. The ANC is in charge of governing this country. That's a serious job. They simply HAVE to be held to the highest standard. They said they can and will do the job well and the people believed them and voted for them. Standing around like children and pointing at other parties and pouting "but they also get money" is simply not good enough. It just is not. Why accept corruption? Why excuse it? It makes no sense whatsoever. It's YOUR money, sweet heart. YOURS.

      Cindy - 2011-11-13 09:59

      Marina, the tax-payer funding to SA political party's (the official funding that is, not mis-directed funds) is miniscule. There are legislated limits to the amount that the State may pay into the coffers of any party............. All thats happened is that the ANC has learnt at the feet of the Masters (the NP) and has blurred the line between "The Country/State/People" and the ruling party. This comes through very clearly in a number of ANC actions and utterances. I can guarantee you that if any other Party were celebrating its Centenary no govt sponsored renovations of heritage sites would take place, the ANC would be very vocal in condemning any attempts at pillaging the public purse for a celebration of the achievements and longevity of any other political party/organisation. Oh ja and I'm giving you a thumbs down

  • denise.wilshire - 2011-11-12 00:10

    C'mon! we have seen this one before with the Nats. You obviously learned your lessons well. Since you are always tossing the transparency word around, perhaps we could have a national fact finding mission into the funding of your bank accounts? Would the receiver of revenue ever consider doing an audit on your books? Never in a million years! 'Nuff said on that one. It is beyond obscene that a ruling party, during a time of extreme financial austerity, lack of jobs and a massive explosion of the poorer classes could attempt to justify this ostentatious display of wealth. So what if you are celebrating 100 years of existence. Why not build a few villages for aids orphans, erect a bunch of clinics and establish a few teachers training facilities in the rural areas? WITH YOUR MONEY. These would make a long lasting tribute to your party's 100 years of existence, without the drunken debauchery which you are planning. But this is a sign of the times. Nero fiddles while Rome burns....We are well on our way to becoming another banana republic! What a pity, we could have been such a great nation. Sigh.

      Lauren - 2011-11-12 07:00

      Denise, you mention the Nats. I love that. It balances your comment. The usual response/defence by ANC supporters to allegations of corruption is quite often that the Nats did the same thing. They did. Of that fact I am in doubt. What is absurd is that supporters are content to let the pillaging of State coffers be excused in that manner. There seems to be no desire to not repeat the mistakes of the previous government. Ag, why bother...it's like poeping against a stiff breeze...

  • jacques.loots1 - 2011-11-12 00:43

    R100m... I could actually follow my dream career with not even 1% of that money...

  • Jonathon - 2011-11-12 00:48

    Dammit!!! Their money is our money!!! WTF, can we please have a government that can go one day without insulting out intelegence. Why is this PARTY MONEY never brought up when it comes to feeding and housing the poor???

  • Maxodin - 2011-11-12 01:21

    I am amazed at how the government can put a spin on anything. If they had said we are spending R400m on upgrading the roads in the area, building a university that will educate students from grade R right up to the end of their tertiary studies, restoring the church which will house a feeding scheme along with a shelter for the homeless i would understand. upgrades of about R15m was also done at the official house of Free State Premier Ace Magashule. R15m???? I could build a mansion with that. Where on earth do they come up with this BS? I mean juju's mansion is costing R16m including a panic room and a year supply of cheese. R35m to restore a church, one that was a panel beaters before? What for? are they making it out of gingerbread??? Are the hungry masses going to eat it when they're all done? And have they not learned a thing since the world cup? It is laughable that they don't realise that it's a waste of time and money. The stadium will become a white elephant after the celebrations unless that too will be edible. Or maybe they intend printing the syllabus to every school/varsity carriculum on the walls. This is a terrible waste of state resources that could be better spent, rather than indulging in this trivial matter. There's a well known saying i'd like to use here: Bo bond, Onder vol strond. Let's have our country look great but scratch beneath the paint and see that the colour is really brown. (if you catch my meaning)

      Jan - 2011-11-12 14:46

      Maxodin There is another one "Stille waters diepe grond. Onder draai die duiwels rond" It is quite crazy to spend R35mil on renovating a church - what do they intend doing - having it gold plated?

  • Harry - 2011-11-12 01:41

    As usual, the ANC bigger and more important than our country!!!!

  • Silvana - 2011-11-12 04:40

    WTF! What have you people doing for the past 17 years? If these sites were so important to you, why haven't they been maintained on a regular basis instead of letting them go to ruin and then waking up because you have a party to organise. The Vredefort dome - a blooming hole that is only visible from a satellite and almost as big as the damn potholes in the area. Some of those roads are in such disrepair that they need to be rebuilt. R15m to refurbish Magashule's house? Let him pay for it out of the missing money in his municipalities. When Dante wrote his Inferno, he forgot to mention financial orgies of the ANC. You people are disgusting!

  • africanwolf - 2011-11-12 06:08

    Don't forget that many ANC members own mines, businesses, etc... I am sure they contributed towards their own party :) nothing is wrong, like in any other country. the one who is close to the plate, is the one who eats. sad but true

      Silvana - 2011-11-12 07:45

      You're right. And in hell they have long spoons so they won't be able get the spoon from the plate to their mouths.

      africanwolf - 2011-11-12 08:09

      @ Silvana I don't know about hell , I was never there. same said about heaven. and honestly I am not sure of it's existence , but one thing for sure some people make sure that we experience hell on earth, for just in case, we don't go there after death :)

      Samora - 2011-11-12 09:22

      mines, businesses etc Khulubuse Zuma? tender businesses? the only businesspeople who donate to the anc do so because they know which side their bread is buttered. and it ensures they get another contract. you have to spend money to make money?

  • Wright - 2011-11-12 06:11

    Hello World - you are invited to visit our website www.ancgoldcelebrationcoins.co.za. for the Centenary gold medallions and memorabilia.

      Lynn - 2011-11-12 07:10

      A Hundred years of selfless struggle. This may have been a party that started out that way but the last few years they have been anything but selfless. The squatter camps prove that.

  • Lynn - 2011-11-12 07:04

    I wish the poor would wake up and see that their leaders really do not care about uplifting them at all. This blatant waste of money says it all.

  • hendrik.v.heerden - 2011-11-12 07:42

    Yes Right, they have robbed the state coffers for so long they have that kind of money lying around. They must be the richest political party in the world. Just for the record do they pay taxes or can we ask for an investigation as to why they have so much money. I am sure that as a Party they need to answer for their income and then pay taxes on that.

  • Anton - 2011-11-12 08:13

    R400m... close to 8,000 RDP houses that could be built for poor people. Well done ANC, these poor people will still be following you blindly, even though you don't live up to your promises of housing them. Pathetic.

      denise.wilshire - 2011-11-12 12:23

      And they follow them blindly ..why? Because the standard of education in this country is so dismal, that most of our population cannot understand the written word, debate things in a logical manner or even research a topic to stay informed. This is the master plan. Simply put " Keep them barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen" A very simple communist policy. Brainwashing and indoctrination are a mere walk in the park with this in place. This is even spilling over into our Model C schools. Teach your children well.

  • Dutchie - 2011-11-12 09:28

    "It was reported that upgrades of about R15m was also done at the official house of Free State Premier...." R15mil upgrade....yet we have still have Mud-schools SA....

  • Kevin - 2011-11-12 10:37

    They are only getting redone at rip off costs because the anc is 100 years . This money should not be spent . The anc has nothing to celebrate but the shame of corruption ,fraud and tender manipulation.

  • Nyati_Photo - 2011-11-12 10:37

    Prove it - probably stolen from Govt funds already !!

  • Kevin - 2011-11-12 10:44

    No Tax payers money . So dignitaries from overseas will be put up at anc cost and transported around at anc cost and the anc themselves will not use government tarnsport ,aeroplanes and helicopters to transport people as the taxpayers would then be funding the party. I would like to know which companies donate money to this disgusting waste of money .

  • Paola - 2011-11-12 12:29

    In a country where there are so many people have nothing,it's a disgrace to hear that the government is spending this sort of money on a party! Rather help your people!!!!

      Alan - 2011-11-12 14:24

      No Paola, it's pretty damn normal here.

  • Nigel - 2011-11-12 18:22

    R100 million that could have been spent on helping the poor, what a farce the ANC is. In the worst recession in LIVING memory, we have this kind of inhuman wastage, it is disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cindy - 2011-11-13 09:42

    Why is it necessary for us, the taxpayer, to foot the bill to zoot up the Premiers house for this party/celebration?

  • Wright - 2011-11-15 07:54

    Hello World - you are invited to visit our website www.ancgoldcelebrationcoins.co.za. for more information about the ANC gold medallions and memorabilia - please have a look at the Pres.Mandela medallion Thanks Go well Regards

  • noeline.claretalbot - 2011-12-08 17:17

    Why don't they give every ANC card holder a monetary gift as a Birthday present to all party members - instead of the elite few wasting money on a party that is not for the ANC as a whole but for a few......cannot imagine how or what can cost R100million.....can you think of how many schools can be renovated, water pipes installed in squatter camps, toilets built, hungry people fed, mobile clinic vehicles repaired. Shame on you ANC the people who vote for you are suffering and you are having a party.

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