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ANC concert gets under way

2012-01-07 14:44

Bloemfontein - Guests were trickling in to the Mangaung outdoor sports centre on Saturday, where a multicultural concert was due to take place in celebration of the ANC's 100th anniversary.

Among the first to arrive at the centre in Rocklands township, was a group of women in their black and white church attire, complimented with their leopard skin hats. Others wore blue and white uniforms.

Some cultural groups, from as far as the Eastern Cape, arrived in their traditional attire carrying drums. They would be performing later in the day.

After a delay of nearly two hours, actor and musician Joe Mafela kicked off the event at 11:40 by singing one of his hit songs Shebeleza (Congo Mama) from the tribute album No Easy Walk to Freedom.

Celebrating end of apartheid

The album celebrates the release of former president Nelson Mandela from Robben Island and the end of apartheid.

Mafela, programme director for the day, repeatedly tried to liven up the few people that had arrived with repeated chants of "Viva ANC", said he had "goose pimples" thinking about just how far the party had come.

The ANC celebrates 100 years of existence with the concert forming part of celebrations.

The by invitation-only event would also see a performance by a Marimba band among others. A huge tent donned with an ANC flag was erected at the sports centre and overlooked two marquees with a number of chairs covered in the party's colours: green, gold and black.

Over a thousand people had been expected. However, many of the chairs remained empty.

Actor Lilian Dube and science and technology Minister Naledi Pandor and Free State premier Ace Magashule were among those who attended the event.

Crowds gathered at the entrance hoping to be let in, but a number of police officers deployed made sure they did not come close.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-01-07 15:05

    "After a delay of nearly two hours, actor and musician Joe Mafela kicked off the event.." After all that money and planning the ANC still cant start something on time. Well, enjoy my hard earned tax money - would have preferred helping the poor, feeding children, building a road, but as was said this morning "R100 Million is F**ol" To the ANC anyway.

      Sean - 2012-01-07 15:41

      But once the country is completely f@cked and all the money is gone , they scratch their heads and say ``eish`` !! They won`t take the blame , apartheid`s fault !!

      Mike - 2012-01-07 18:40

      Squeeqee? Hell, now I've heard it all!!!! A few points to add: 1. "multicultural concert" - Please define? Which cultures? 2. "delay of two hours" - They could not even get it right after 18 years? 3. "End of apartheid" - OK, if I have to hear ever again that "apartheid" is to blame, all would know that you are lying! 4. "How far the party has come" - For heavens (sic) sake, only the elite got somewhere, the voters are still standing at the street corners! 5. "by invitation only!" - And I thought they had 35 million voters? - So the other 24.9 million was invited for the party, only the voting station? 6. "many of the chairs remained empty" - Heh-heh, I would never have guessed this one! 7. "Crowds gathered at the entrance hoping to be let in, but a number of police officers deployed made sure they did not come close" - "VOTE" but no "QUOTE"!

      Americo - 2012-01-07 19:01

      Sorry Mugabe cant make it because of a fuel shortage and the risk of having his plane confiscated by creditors

  • malcolm - 2012-01-07 15:36

    The ANC have come a long way in 100 years. They actually wear clothes instead of genuine leopard skin loin cloths and hats instead of feathers on their heads. Yes, they still kill bulls with spears, but we have to admit these neantherthals have made progress.

      Peter - 2012-01-07 15:48

      When zuma butchered that cow this morning, I wonder if that was the same spear that was used yesterday circumsizing the boys up there, and who stole the cow

  • Piet - 2012-01-07 15:39

    " ...multicultural concert was due to take place in celebration..." Can't wait for the Boere Music to start, hee haa!

      Peter - 2012-01-07 15:50

      Dont wait too long they wouldnt understand what the words would be about and it would be beyond their intelligence, which is zero

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-07 16:25

      Anyone for De La Rey..... lol

  • Americo - 2012-01-07 19:01

    Sorry Mugabe cant make it because of a fuel shortage and the risk of having his plane confiscated by creditors

  • John - 2012-01-07 23:59

    So the party has started; But it already started yesterday, when Zuma consulted his ancestors. There are various problems with this: The ancestors know nothing about South Africa, and were tribalists; So here goes a consultation: Knock knock? Who is there? Jacob Zuma. Have you been a good Zulu? Yes. But there are a bunch of Zulu ancestors who have complained about you. They say that instead of killing more Swazi's, you are giving information to a Xhoza hitman, and he has killed more than 400 Zulu chiefs. You give him the time and the place. You are a Traitor! -No, no, both of us are in the ANC, and we are fighting against Inkhata. -Inkhata sounds Zulu to me, while ANC sounds like a bunch of Xhosa. -We are trying to unite the various tribes to fight the white men. -So to unite the tribes, you kill your own? And what is this about white man? -You don't understand. -No I dont understand, let the Xhozas fight the whites, and you concentrate on killing the Swazi's and Basotho, you hear me? and stop being a Traitor!

      msweli1 - 2012-01-08 01:26

      ha ha ha ha John you are funny .

  • Bernard - 2012-01-08 02:18

    Hey ANC... Why don't you NOT throw a party and use that money for people who actually need it... I think that would show that you actually cared about the people who went and are going through the "struggle". There are hungry people with no homes who don't need the ANC to buy johnny walker blue...

  • David - 2012-01-08 08:26

    Squeegee,really can whine hey, I am sure yo are wearing diapers.

  • Graziella - 2012-01-08 08:43

    You lot don't contribute a thing to these threads. You just bitch and moan. You're a bunch of cowards unwilling to push beyond your limitations, and you attempt to bring everyone down to your silly and hateful level.

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