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No room for bickering at centenary - Mbalula

2012-01-07 08:00

Thaba Nchu - ANC members must avoid discussing party conference issues during the ANC's centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein over the weekend, national executive member Fikile Mbalula said on Friday.

“Don’t have mob psychology. Go to Mangaung with an open heart. That time [for raising conference issues] is coming and you must be ready,” he told a crowd at an ANC Youth League mini-rally in Thaba Nchu outside Bloemfontein.

Mbalula spoke of “many thugs” who for years had tried to destroy the ANC but failed.

He told the crowd to go to Mangaung to celebrate the 100 years of the ANC’s existence and ignore "Mickey Mouse political parties" who questioned the millions that would be spent in the process.

“Daai tshelete is fokol [that money is nothing].”

Reports suggested that taxpayers would fork out more than R400m for the ANC's centenary birthday celebrations in the Free State if spending on infrastructure was included.

This cost was reportedly in addition to at least R100m budgeted by the ANC at national level.

ANC’s national chairperson Baleka Mbete had said criticism of the R100m the ANC was to spend on its centenary celebrations was unfair.

Mbethe said people should rather focus on the history and heritage that the celebrations would represent than on the cost.

Centennial address

About 100 000 people were expected to attend the main celebration on January 08 when President Jacob Zuma was expected to deliver the centennial address.

An interfaith night vigil has already started at the Waaihoek Methodist Church. The programme also includes an awards ceremony, a traditional cleansing and restoration ceremony, a presidential centennial gala and a music show.

Many international guests and Heads of State have confirmed their attendance.

During his address in Thaba Nchu earlier on Friday, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema told delegates to be disciplined and shame those who thought the celebrations would be marred by chaos.

“We must be united," he said.

Concern has been raised by senior officials, among them Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, over the party’s factionalism, infighting and ill-discipline which threatens to cripple the ANC.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-01-07 08:23

    This is one messed up government. In any other country a statement like this saying that R100 mil is nothing would bring down a government. It will probably cost over R1 Bil by the time the dust settles. Not to mention the occultic practices of the 'cleansing ceremony' etc.

  • Peter - 2012-01-07 08:27

    FIKILE YOU ARE SUCH A FOOL, DONT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU CLOWNS WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING BECAUSE THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH CAKE FOR YOU GREEDY BASTARDS. THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT HAVE A DEMOCRACY ITS CALLED A MOBOCRACY RUN BY MOBSTERS LIKE YOURSELF, AND AS FOR A CONSTITUTION IT IS ALSO A MOBSTITUTION ALSO RUN BY BRAINLESS FOOLS WHO PUT THE FEAR OF GOD AND THE ANCESTORS AT THE POOR MASSES WHO WILL NEW BE FREE FROM YOU IDIOTS

  • Larry - 2012-01-07 08:29

    Only Back Stabbing and Johnny Walker Blue Label allowed.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-07 09:17

    The ANC is like a father. A father who sends his wife out to work while he lazes at home. The money she brings in for the children is taken away from her and used for the father's pleasure. The children and the mother must sleep outside in the cold and must go hungry, while the father entertains his friends in the warmth of the house inside. Yes, R400m is f%@l. F@#l compared to the billions already stolen from our people. Have you ever seen a poor ANC official? Have you ever asked yourself where they get all that the money from? Have you seen the cars they drive? Have you seen them at the airports and wondered where they are going and why? Do you know of all their properties and investments, here and abroad? Do you wonder about their bank balances? Have you seen them have expensive parties with their friends? Have you ever wondered what could have been done with all that money? For you, your community and South Africa? No? Too busy collecting materials on your trolley to get a few Rand at the recycling bin? Standing on the side of the road hoping for a painting job to come your way? Washing a car somewhere in the blazing sun? Trying to fork out an honest living and do something for your children? To the ANC R400m is f@*l. Ever wondered how much they really think you are worth? They will spend many millions more on all kinds of parties, rallies, conferences etc. just to keep your vote. They do not deserve your vote. They only buy it with your own money. CBC.

  • Jay - 2012-01-07 09:28

    The ANC should actually be reflecting on it's past 17 years of Failture as a Ruling party. Come clean by admitting how corrupt almost ALL of their senior and executive members have become. Please admit that the BBBEE and enriching of ANC cronies & cadre elite has NOT benefitted the Millions of Poor that have so "uneducatedly" voted them into Power. Sadly this Voter Weakness is their only strength. Spending a R100m (even if not taxpayer's money) is NO WAY of celebrating and forgetting the huge divide that is evident in it's ranks. I expect the Archbishop Tutu and Madiba to SPEAK OUT NOW. This is NOT the ANC that was established 100 years ago. This is a party that is embarrassing the legacy of it's Stalward founders. I REST MY CASE.

  • Rob - 2012-01-07 09:30

    Collectivisim, nationalism, restriction on access to information and now limiting by decree what one can and cannot discuss. All signs of erosion at core and edges of liberal democracy, what little of that actually exists here! Take heart though, because if you dam up a running stream you may sleep in the valley tonight but you had better be prepared for the inevitable breaking of the dam tomorrow

  • Jay - 2012-01-07 09:43

    Dear FIKILE, Sad to hear how Vulgar and Idiotic your emotions are reflected. You should NEVER be concerned of the "Micky Mouse" opposition parties as long as the Electorate will remain Grossly Politically Uneducated. When that 60% of ANC Voters will AWAKEN of seeing who the "REAL THUGS" are, then this Country will truly see the DEMOCRACY that will free them. For now the masses in this country remain oppressed, by ANC Cronism and ANC Corruption. This 2012 ANC are the REAL THUGS who are looting the poor I REST MY CASE.

  • henniedotvanstaden - 2012-01-07 09:49

    If it is not yours it is not a lot, if you steal from the poor it is also not a lot. Shame on you fat cows that are scared to educate the black people of the country so that they don't realize that they are being taken for a ride by the fat cows in the ANC. This will not happen in any other country in the world, but then once again no other country is run by such a pathetic group of people. The margin between rich and poor is growing because those in charge are filling their pockets and not uplifting the poor.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-01-07 10:12

    THAT MONEY IS EVERYTHING MR LOVERBOY YOU WHERE WILLING TO PAY R40.000 TO KEEP YOUR SECRET HIDDEN ,THOSE PEOPLE GOING TO BLOEMFONTEIN DONT KNOW WHERE TREIR NEXT MEAL WILL COME FROM AND YET YOU WANT THEM TO FORGET THAT AND BE HAPPY WITH YOU AND YOUR FELLOW FAT CATS SHAMELESS MAAIFOEDIE

  • Shaylene Stenger - 2012-01-07 17:09

    I know, why don't u use the money on something more useful Mr Presidant something like building a new school or hospital, how about fixing the potholes on our roads? Or paying the teachers,nurses and police a higher salary? Even purchasing more police vehicles would help with combating crime. You could also provide clean sanatation in the rural areas.... Should I carry on? Oh wait if I do then I will be called a racist for not supporting the bash when in actual fact its the truth. So much money spent on a "celebration" when it could be used for more important things which is critical in this country. The sad part is this goverment is robbing from the poor and they are just to blind to see.

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