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ANC supporters turned away

2012-01-08 14:39

Bloemfontein - As thousands celebrated the African National Congress' 100th birthday in the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, many were spitting fire outside as they were refused entry into the venue on Sunday.

Thousands of ANC members were sent away at the stadium and referred to overflow areas next door with officials having a hard time controlling them.

A majority had travelled from other provinces and had either been bussed in or came by train.

"We didn't come all this way to be standing outside the stadium or overflow areas," said an angry woman who clutched the gate with both her hands.

Another woman who did not want to be named said she had walked out of the stadium to get her food.

She claimed she left her daughter inside the stadium.

Officials have started to show people to the athletic and cricket stadiums next door, as well as a stage area at the Kings Park garden at Loch Logan.

Impossible to move

Police divers in kayaks were patrolling the water edge to help anybody that might fall into the water.

At some of the stadium's entrances it was impossible to move as people tried to enter and some tried to move out.

Earlier, a stadium seat area filled with mainly ANC Women’s League members had to be vacated as they were wrongly directed to the seats reserved for international guests.

The crowd was not happy with the move but the group was moved by officials.

The outside crowd moved from gate to gate, chanting demands to be let in as security officials formed a human-chain in a bid to keep out the large crowd trying to push their way through the gate.

A pile of luggage bags lay strewn at a corner near one of the entrances, among them blankets.

One of the officials at the gate said they could no longer let anyone in because the stadium was full.

The stadium can only handle a capacity of 48 000 people. The invited guests were expected from about 14:00 on Sunday at the stadium.

The ANC said about 100 000 people would attend the centenary celebrations and would gather in a four block radius in Bloemfontein’s Loch Logan area.

A huge police presence was visible with tight security at the stadium.

Comments
  • Deeteem - 2012-01-08 14:46

    And yet another "perfectly organised event" !!

      Alva - 2012-01-08 16:33

      My thoughts exactly!

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-08 18:43

      They forgot to mention that they only turned up for the free food and drink. The ANC has given birth to a nation of freeloaders...much like themselves.

      Boer - 2012-01-08 23:12

      These clowns just dont have it in them to do anyting right. Death to the ANC organization may they disappear the sooner the better. They cant take care of people in South-Africa. What a useless lot.

  • Ben S - 2012-01-08 14:47

    They only want you to vote. Dont try to reap any benefits or celebrate with them. This dubious honour belongs to only a few.

      Eduard - 2012-01-08 15:41

      right on the money....and the sad part is, the masses don't get it!!!!!

  • Sanet Oelofse - 2012-01-08 15:00

    I would love to see what these venues will look like tomorrow, the aftermath of the celebrations.

      Arnold - 2012-01-08 16:29

      like any venue or public facility left in their wake...wrecked

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-08 15:00

    Those that are being shunned are the poor the uneducated the very same people that they are standing on the stage gloating about giving freedom too. But denying them a simple celebration.

  • proafrikaans - 2012-01-08 15:14

    "Police divers in kayaks were patrolling the water edge to help anybody that might fall into the water." So the story about certain groups having a high bone density, not being able to swim well and therefore never featuring in the 100m Butterfly in the Olympics is true after all? LOL!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-08 18:44

      You are an embarrassment...

  • Trevor - 2012-01-08 15:26

    Hahaha...... Malema wants white domestic workers to clean up after this weekend....where is the BEE/AA.....???????? Wait till the COWS come home

  • Larry - 2012-01-08 15:37

    Shamblesville. Right in keeping with everything the ANC gets its feeble mind on.

  • Eduard - 2012-01-08 15:39

    The ANC cannot give everyone in the country a slice of the cake, that means less for the ministers....they have "deep pockets with short fingers syndrome"

  • nspaynter - 2012-01-08 15:40

    The fact is the stadium can only seat a certain number of people. When it is full you have to face reality and take the options of the alternative venues. Yes, it is a disappointment. But people need to face reality.... Tough!

      Trevor - 2012-01-08 15:43

      are you saying "someone stole a few seats"...... LETS VOTE...lol

      nspaynter - 2012-01-08 15:52

      There are two ways of dealing with the problem. Book seats in advance so you know ahead of time that your seat is reserved, or work on a first come basis, which has been done, and you need to be there early if you want to make sure you get a seat. Simple.

      bernpm - 2012-01-08 16:04

      The stadium has had 48000 seats for a long time. Why encourage a hundred thousand plus to come to the party by free bus & train if you know you cannot seat them? Think about how you would organise our own birthday party!

      nspaynter - 2012-01-08 16:13

      bernpm, "The ANC said about 100 000 people would attend the centenary celebrations and would gather in a four block radius in Bloemfontein’s Loch Logan area." The stadium is only one of many venues in the area. The stadium might have been the best, but there's plenty of space in the other venues. That's the way it was planned.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-08 15:48

    Bring out the "Bluelight Brigade" to take all the supporters home.Seeing the TAX PAYERS are paying for everthing.

  • Emil - 2012-01-08 15:54

    hahaha- it is hilarious that the idiots governing us and who use taxpayers' money to fund an ANC party, can't even organise a decent party with OUR money...And then the idiots trust them to govern this country....And then they bring in land-reform, Affirmative action and BEE (measures that will never ever uplift the overwhelming majority) to hide their own incompetance....

  • Herman - 2012-01-08 16:02

    Hahaha, get some you ignorant anc supporters!

  • Piet - 2012-01-08 16:13

    Another African National Circus rent a crouwd gone wrong, Eish...

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-08 16:15

    Maybe these people will realise that the ANC really doesn't give a damn about them and vote for somebody else. The only reason the ANC is in power is because they're still riding out the success of their involvement in ending apartheid. Funny how all the others who were involved and did more are now on the sidelines...

  • Lucky Khunou - 2012-01-08 16:17

    sorry guys, the organizers forgot to tell u that it was a private party

  • Ken - 2012-01-08 16:18

    "We didn't come all this way to be standing outside the stadium or overflow areas," said an angry woman Yes you did.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-08 18:46

      Should have turned up early, what did she expect, a reserved seat?

      GoodFella - 2012-01-08 19:09

      My heart goes out to this woman! Now, as a member do you feel "loved"?!

  • molatelo.mphasha1 - 2012-01-08 18:27

    @trevor callin people names aint gud chiefeven if u h8 dem tht much@nkosinathi thanx 4makin it sound clear as ANC has alot of support n inpossible 2accomodate em all in jus a weekend funtion

      Trevor - 2012-01-08 18:34

      mmmmm....and do you pay TAX bro...or r u on the gravy train too

      Jason - 2012-01-09 09:10

      Molatelo, learn to spell mate!!

  • Philip - 2012-01-08 18:27

    There is absolutely nothing that the ANC can do right.

  • Jacques - 2012-01-08 20:24

    And so the Pigs say to the other animals ''only Pigs allowed in the farmhouse''- George Orwell, Animal Farm.

  • Johnny - 2012-01-08 23:13

    I see they organise their events in the same way they run the country, a total balls-up.

  • Gail - 2012-01-09 11:07

    Poor communication here. when organising something like this specific people have to be invited. You know the cappacity of the stadium so you subtract the invited guests from that capacity and issue tickets in equal numbers to card carrying members and when they are gone then they are gone. This would assist in esuring how many people had to be catered for in terms of refreshments and also avoid other supporters just pitching from all corners of the country having bought tickets to travel etc from being disappointed. People who have come to support their centenary with you should be afforded the opportunity of at least being able to obtain refreshments IN the stadium but this takes organisation and time to do. Long boring speeches to people enduring the heat of our sun in a standing position nogal is not acceptable. People could have died of sunstroke or dehydration and any minor problem could have escalated into a major disaster.

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