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ANC supporters flood Bloemfontein

2012-01-08 13:02

Bloemfontein - Thousands of ANC supporters have filled the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein within an hour for the party’s centenary celebrations on Sunday.

Hundreds of people lined the streets around the stadium early on Sunday, with parks around the stadium and elsewhere in the city full of ANC supporters singing, dancing and eating while waiting for the gates to open.

Inside, the stadium’s 48 000 seats were quickly filled with people wearing mainly party colours, yellow and red t-shits, while many were sitting under colourful umbrellas.

A huge stage filled almost the entire pitch, while hundreds of marshals and security officials in neon green vests directed people to their seats.

Many party members and visitors have travelled from afar to attend the main event of the ANC’s centenary weekend, where a speech will be delivered by party president Jacob Zuma.

History of the ANC

Mehmood Hansa, 44, said he drove all the way from Vereeniging in Gauteng. He and two children, Adnaan, 11, Joseph, 13, and 23-year-old nephew Sulaiman wore black ANC t-shirts with a picture of his late father Dawood "Daddy" Hansa.

"He was the first Indian councillor in the whole of Free State. He served in Parys," he proudly said.

"He was part of the struggle against oppression and everyone called him Daddy when he became councillor. We shared him with everyone." His father passed away in July last year aged 73.

Hansa said he brought his children and nephew to the stadium because he wanted them to know about the history of a political party which his father loved.

"We owe it to my father and many heroes of the struggle who fought to liberate us. Many lives were lost."

Hansa said this was also a once in a life time opportunity to be at a gathering like this one.

Huge concert

Some elderly women were seen sitting and others sleeping in the shade away from the main stands.

Johanna Mambuma, 65, and Tina Mohlaka, 66, said the sun was too hot to bear at the main stands overlooking the stage in which various South African artists like kwaito king Arthur Mafokate and Chomme, among others, were expected to perform.

"It's hot in there and we are tired. We are not that young anymore, we have all kinds of sickness," said Mambuma.

She said they were happy to be part of celebrations and had been dancing since their arrival.

"This is our ANC! Now and forever." The women said they arrived at 04:00 on Sunday and were forced to sleep in their buses and on pavements.

They were finally let into the stadium at 08:00. Zaphalala George Kenke, from Sharpeville, Gauteng, the site of the 1960 massacre, said he arrived in Bloemfontein late on Saturday night, but was still ready to party on Sunday.

Filled with happiness

“We came on a bus, but it wasn’t boring because we were all singing. We were all filled with happiness for this occasion.”

Kenke said he was a staunch supporter of the party, but was sad that it was not as “spectacular” as it used to be.

“The organisation is being killed by individuals inside it. It is these people who are not informed of ANC policies, and are using it for their own personal issues.”

Kenke said the party had no more love in it.

“The only thing that gives me hope is the massive turnout here in the stadium,” he said.

Mpho Hlanyane, from Kroonstad, said she arrived at 05:00 on Sunday morning with members of the ANC Women’s League.

“This event will go fantastically, we have no doubt that it will be massive, and everyone in the world will see how important the ANC is,” she said.

International guests and heads of state and governments were expected to arrive from 14:00, while Zuma was to deliver the ANC’s January 8 centenary speech at about 16:00.

The programme includes a fireworks “grand finale” at about 21:00.

Comments
  • Don.Tandy - 2012-01-08 13:11

    Wahoo, the gravy train just pulled into Bloemfontein - freeloaders paradise.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-08 13:28

      Comments like this one, will make it very easy fo me and many others to vote for the ANC

      Thandi - 2012-01-08 13:28

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

      wesleywt - 2012-01-08 13:34

      @paul What an odd way of deciding your future and the future of your children.

      Stefano - 2012-01-08 13:39

      Despite all that,there is a tremendous amount of goodwill between all the people of South Africa,black or white,coloured or indians. Only radicals in all our population groups are continuing to make wild statements,but the overwhelming majority of all South Africans, black or white or whatever their color might be, wants the country to succeed. Though substantive ideological differences exist in some political debates-what stands out most in South African politics is the politics of the personal. Zuma’s failings, real and perceived,much like Mbeki’s before him,have tended to become highly personalized amongst South Africans. For all their successes in political life, many South Africans simply do not like these men-fullstop.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-08 13:59

      Well, ANC, enjoy your party. Let's see if you can through the next few hours without Juju embarrassing the President.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-08 16:40

      Stefano, I'm not concerned with Zuma's failings, I am concerned with all the failings.

      Hadassah57 - 2012-01-08 20:32

      @Paul - are you so blind that you don't see how the money is being stolen and misappropriated, keep on voting for them and eventually there will be no South Africa left - it will look like the rest of Africa - desert, hunger and poverty!!!!!

  • Anthony - 2012-01-08 13:13

    "see how important the anc is" are you braindead woman? lol

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-01-08 13:24

    Let the party begin!!!! There is food and drink to go along.

      Obie - 2012-01-08 13:42

      and "all kinds of sickness"

      Obie - 2012-01-08 13:51

      Just the money spent on food and drink, think about the houses that could have been built, or children educated.. such a pitty.

  • Larry - 2012-01-08 13:28

    Amazing. There are service delivery protests on the road to Bloem and these people are spending up like there is no tomorrow.

      Mantsho - 2012-01-08 13:35

      l heard about that on Radio.it never stop.

  • Power - 2012-01-08 13:34

    How many people attend the 'celebrations', not because they support the ANC, but just for a nice day where they are paid, free transport, free t-shirts (at least it's new clothes), free food, drinks, etc, and they don't have to pay for it.

      Thabani - 2012-01-08 13:44

      Hahahaha. Keep telling yourself that. It might work.

      Obie - 2012-01-08 13:53

      give a man a fish feed him for the day, teach a man to fish feed him for life. think how many children could be educated or how many houses could be built.

  • Thabani - 2012-01-08 13:35

    Clearly the ANC still enjoy a lot of support.

      Obie - 2012-01-08 13:54

      pity that as they are as bad as the previous governments racist regime. shows how the previous governments lack of educatio now helps the current regime.. such a shame.

      Rudi - 2012-01-08 13:55

      They say 100 000 will be coming to the celebrations. So where is the rest? Are they also supporting the cANCer? Your ignorance is so typical of your party. And party can have more than one meaning in this sentence. See if you can work it out or are you just one of the ANC's millions of poor uneducated supporters who dont know what the hell all this is about?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-08 15:43

      Atleast they have my vote in 2014

      wesleywt - 2012-01-08 16:15

      They may get your vote. But they need my taxes to drive their fancy cars. What will you get?

      Piet - 2012-01-08 16:15

      Rent a crouwd that is

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-08 13:36

    Someone said there was free KFC in Bloem!

      Obie - 2012-01-08 13:55

      im there..

  • Bennie - 2012-01-08 13:36

    Lets see in 10 years if the ANC is still going to celebrate!!!

  • Stefano - 2012-01-08 13:37

    Despite all that,there is a tremendous amount of goodwill between all the people of South Africa,black or white,coloured or indians. Only radicals in all our population groups are continuing to make wild statements,but the overwhelming majority of all South Africans, black or white or whatever their color might be, wants the country to succeed. Though substantive ideological differences exist in some political debates-what stands out most in South African politics is the politics of the personal. Zuma’s failings, real and perceived,much like Mbeki’s before him,have tended to become highly personalized amongst South Africans. For all their successes in political life, many South Africans simply do not like these men-fullstop.

  • Obie - 2012-01-08 13:40

    Ubtill the party that overthrew Apartheid is no longer in rule the country will always be in turmoil as the main agenda is racism

  • alan.erwin1 - 2012-01-08 13:47

    WOW party time - we are told they will be spending R400 million on the party’s centenary celebrations, That would build 80,000 RDP houses. Still who cares the ANC don't that is for sure. To all the ANC supporters; do you enjoy living in a third world country with the worst wasteful and corrupt government there is?????? Just remember every time you vote for them, you are saying yes to a corrupt government and yes to no services – poor health care – poor schools – no jobs – no decent homes and yes to the ANC leaders to spend your money on there own gratifications like – fancy expensive cars – big mansions – best health care – very expensive holidays – R16 BILLION on jet aircraft to ferry the top ANC leaders about (not even the richest countries in the world waste so much money) Remember, although the past was wrong there early protests were not marching and campaigning but bombing and killing. Did you see the ceremony yesterday where they dress up in their tribal dress danced like the old times and made a sacrifice by killing a poor defensive animal? They want to be free and live modern lives like first world countries, but still want to be savages. I rest my case YOU ALL DESERVE ALL YOU GET.

  • Grant - 2012-01-08 14:37

    Hansa said, "We owe it to my father and many heroes of the struggle who fought to liberate us. Many lives were lost." Someone should educate him. Most of the murders commited during the ' struggle' were at the behest of the ANC.

      alan.erwin1 - 2012-01-08 15:45

      @Kabelo Leepile - History and who to blame? Kabelo Leepile you are right about the past but not there and so do not know the truth and nor do I. BUT The Germans killed 6 million Jews and for what? Because they could and because they wanted a master race (which did not include blacks) so the world you hate fought back at great cost to give you and all of us today’s freedom, not an easy one for SA but you did get there. So what have you got now? Take a good look – freedom to do what? To have a government that is so corrupt it makes even the worse criminals look good. When this government has stuffed it all up and there is nothing left? Then what? The begging bowl like most of Africa. I hope the people that have been putting money in the so-called poor Africa box you so hate remember your comments.

  • IrvinIco - 2012-01-08 15:52

    de ANC must solve its problems if it wants to live for the next hundred years. the weaker it gets as an organisation the more corrupt it will be and the worse for our country.

  • Piet - 2012-01-08 16:17

    Threatened by the ansjastas, if do not attend they will saffa ...lots

  • Trevor - 2012-01-08 18:03

    Haha....news24/mweb and the ANC...are "brothers in crime"....delete my.. sayings...because you SUC....you RACISITS.... DELETE THIS ALSO...YOU EVEN SWITCHED MY CONNECTION OFF...CAUSE THE TRUTH HURTS....F@CK BIG BROTHER S.A. another propaganda show... butt remember those who saw my comments..all said YESSS

  • Hadassah57 - 2012-01-08 20:30

    The opening song must have been "Bring in the Clowns"...

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