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Taxpayers to pay R400m for ANC party

2011-11-10 07:48

Bloemfontein - Taxpayers will have to pay more than R400m for the ANC's centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein.

This is on top of the R100m which the ANC had already budgeted for next year's big party.

This amount is however petty cash compared to the money that will be spent to ready infrastructure in the Free State to host the party.

- Taxpayers have already paid R150m for the Philip Sanders resort just outside the city. The resort will be the headquarters of the festivities;

- A further R35m has been budgeted to restore the Methodist church in Waaihoek, where the ANC was founded in 1912;

- R200m has been allocated to renovate the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium in Mangaung;

- The official house of Free State Premier Ace Magashule will get an upgrade costing R15m;

- Millions will also be spent to restore the historic Mapikela home, and the Winnie Mandela home in Brandfort.

Heritage

Cope's Casca Mokitlane said that as it is an ANC celebration, the organisation must use its own money to finance the party.

The ANC however feels that the centenary celebrations form part of every South African's heritage, which is why it sees no problem in spending large sums of money.

Roy Jankielsohn, leader of the DA in the Free State, said it would be highly irregular for a political party to tap into national, provincial and municipal budgets to pay for its celebrations.

"We are worried about how much money is being used for the restoration of the buildings and church, even if they could be declared national heritage sites."

Professor Andre Duvenhage, political commentator of the North West university, said such spending of taxpayers' money threatens democracy.

William Bulwane, spokesperson for Premier Magashule, did not respond.

Comments
  • Vicker - 2011-11-10 07:52

    EISH....

      PB - 2011-11-10 08:20

      ANC, How about using the millions you fleeced off all the deals through Chancellor House, to just name one source? We - the millions of NON-ANC South Africans, are not even remotely willing to have our hard earned money wasted on p!ss ups and KFC. If it was utilised for paying better wages to nursing personel, teachers, upgrading hospitals and other essentials, then great, go ahead. But this is just a huge waste of money. Wonder if they have worked into the budged the millions it would cost to rebuild the venues that will be trashed by the drunken masses who would pitch for the opening of an envelope, let alone free KFC, Tshirts etc.

      Jono - 2011-11-10 08:21

      They are stealing and robbing all of us blind and they F#(k!ng getting away with it every single time! how is this not a crime??? I really hope the ANC followers and the people that vote for them can see now how much the ANC cares about the ANC voter...u voted for them and guess what...they making you suffer for it!!!

      tinus.kotze - 2011-11-10 08:25

      Janee swaer... My biggest issue is the resort cost of R150m. The rest I would let go since it is keeping our heritage (not that I really want to remember Winnie, but she is unfortunately part of our history).

      Fred - 2011-11-10 08:25

      Eish ..... does not even come close. This is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING !!!!! All the ANC does is find any excuse to party, using taxpayers money like confetti. They must be among the most corrupt thieves in the world. When is this government going to realise that they are civil servants, and NOT the owners of the country ?????? No wonder Moody's has downgraded South Africa to negative. Watch investment start flowing out of this country now. If only there was a way that the average person could withhold paying tax ......

      Ian - 2011-11-10 08:26

      We all know that the ANC are completely useless at running and governing the country but one thing they can do is waste copious amount of money on throwing a party... my word!!!! Those poor people who could have benefited from all that whiskey money

      New - 2011-11-10 08:26

      No wonder this is how the world sees us. Go watch this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17m8OnHC7dQ. This will shock you all.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-10 08:30

      Brings back memories of the Old Nat government with their Taal monuments etc. It is sad to see that people just accept this, just like the old Nats were never voted out, the majority believe what they read and see on TV, (government propoganda), and it is sadder to see that the ANC who were victims in those days are now perpetuating the crime against the poor and the general populace. It is a disgrace really, there is possibly no more racist politics than the ANC has become. Ace Magashule's house gets a 15 million upgrade, while less than 10km's from his abode are citizens without proper roofs over their head, people in shanties and shacks, and we spend 400 million on a party? Give them cake, Jacob!

      Dirk - 2011-11-10 08:31

      Why the surprise. Their unsatiable lust and greed,has no bounds

      Ann - 2011-11-10 08:50

      This is extortion at its most extreme! Just plain unfair I would say, considering that there are only 5M tax paying citizens who are trying to keep the economy of this country going. Once more, the poor are going to be the big time losers. It's time that people who vote for the ANC see them for what they are and the fact that they do not give a damn for anyone but the privileged few who are involved in government - pals all of them. This is absolutely disgusting!!!!!

      roboman1 - 2011-11-10 09:04

      geez Ann, I am glad we agree on something today!

      John - 2011-11-10 09:20

      This is a kick in the face for the burdened tax payer. Stop paying your taxes. Come to think of it, maybe we should speed up this process - the country will eventually be bankrupt and go belly-up, it's inevitable. I now find myself hoping this will happen very quickly, because only then, can we start fresh again with a responsible government.

      Ann - 2011-11-10 09:32

      @ roboman1 - agreed we are on the same page on this matter! Take care ...

      reacho - 2011-11-10 09:45

      taking the 'eish' out of taxation... apparently not

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-10 10:01

      In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king....

      Herman - 2011-11-10 10:02

      Thanks for the update News24! Ja, I can clearly see how serious the Department of Homeland Corruption is about education, housing and job creation! Let's see, R30+ BILLION already wasted, R1,6 BILLION to be wasted on 2 planes, R400+ MILLION to be wasted on some party. I SO wish this could be broad casted in ALL 11 official languages!

      Kevin - 2011-11-10 10:03

      I hope the Methodist Church does not accept taxpayers money to upgrade the church as this is stolen money. If they do then I and my family will no longer be members of a church that accepts taxpayers money

      jfarway! - 2011-11-10 10:03

      A party that will probably be attended by mostly people who dont even work and pay tax - Now that is what f*cks me off

      Oneant - 2011-11-10 10:09

      ladies and germs... i do believe this is the last straw. im leaving back to germany. best of luck to you all. peace be the journey.

      Shadoz - 2011-11-10 10:52

      We should all just go to this party all of us. I mean for hells sack we are paying for it.

      Gestoffle - 2011-11-10 11:29

      @NewDawn - That was amazing! Guys, for the rest of you, go and have a look, you might be amazed too! Seriously watch it to the end! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17m8OnHC7dQ

      Spyker - 2011-11-10 11:57

      THE ANC IS F_*_C_K_A_L_L OF MY HERITAGE...!!!! I have NOTHING to do with a bunch of retarded gibbons that have the cognitive capacity of a cockroach infestation. The ANC has taken SA to the brink of economic collapse in 5% of the time it took to build it, what was once the one of the strongest economies in the WORLD. Just as the people of Libya have risen against the parasitic fascist regime – SO MUST HARD-WORKING, INTELLIGENT, CREATIVE SAcans who want a future in SA. These feckless parasites have done NOTHING but stolen tax revenue from the only bona fide economically active section of the SAcan economy. While these zots are p*ssing out other people’s money – extorted under armed threat – SA’s economy is on the brink of collapse. http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Moodys-changes-SA-outlook-to-negative-20111109 Moody’s says SA is on the same path as Greece. Inter alia, they highlight the fascist ANC’s.., - Unsustainable welfare policy (viz to “buy” votes naturally). - National/State debt that is out of control. - Lack of formulating any tangible policy, -economic, -foreign or any other (note Moody’s, they are too stupid, if you want the reason...). Etc, etc... These bone-throwing, ululating, mental retard, that have not even invented the wheel yet and can scarcely run a shower.., they WILL destroy an economy that was painstakingly built over 350 years, in less than 10% of that time. If you want a future for your children and their – you have to rise up, NOW..!

      Shoosh - 2011-11-10 18:52

      Can someone please explain why they are using taxpayers money for a political parties birthday party, should this not be funded by them from their supporters subscriptions?

      Justin - 2011-11-11 13:37

      This is not AYOBA!! Looks like the ANC has found a way of selective wealth re-distribution.

      Joanne - 2011-11-11 14:42

      Bread and circuses - the best way for tyrants to quieten the masses.

      Boeretroos - 2011-11-11 17:24

      Well now lets see - all those who voted for change - go stand with the ance - now that leaves just a small persentage say 35-40% of right minded english folks on this side. Hmm - squandering money, theft, corruption, crime, blue light dream teams.. I say lets get started on that Volkstaat folks - you cannot live with the anc and its cronies unless you want to be ripped off. Know what I'm saying folks ? Sluit aan by die boere en vergeet daardie anc moere !

      John - 2012-01-02 22:15

      ANC, Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide

      John - 2012-01-04 00:26

      Pres. Jacob Zuma: I have bad news for you. You will never be able to kill more people than Mao Tse Tung. You will never be able to kill more People than Stalin. You will never be able to kill more People than Hitler. No matter how much you sing about your machine gun. Because there are only 45 Million South Africans. Even if you kill all the People. You will always be little Mao. You will always be little Stalin. You will always be little Hitler. ANC, Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide: I have bad news for you. You will never be able to kill more people than The Chinese Communist Party. You will never be able to kill more People than the Soviet Communist Party. You will never be able to kill more People than the NAZI's. No matter how much you sing about your struggle. Because there are only 45 Million South Africans. Even if you kill all the People. You will always be little Chinese Communist Party. You will always be little Soviet Communist Party. You will always be little Nazi Party.

  • nicn44 - 2011-11-10 07:54

    Mine's a blue label and dont forget the invitation, from a taxpayer

      Anthony - 2011-11-10 08:15

      100mil now 400mil did they invite 4 more ppl?

      roboman1 - 2011-11-10 08:41

      @anthony, very funny, good chirp

      Samantha - 2011-11-10 09:15

      because JACK, i am a taxpayer too, and i am not white, wake up- there are other hard working people in this country who are also being screwed over, not only the whites,

      Melanie - 2011-11-10 09:20

      @Jack. Please think logically before commenting. The majority of white people are in higher paid positions, but the country is majority black which means more black people pay taxes than white people.

      Peter - 2011-11-10 09:28

      @ Margie, lets see if they keep this one, but I'm starting to lose any sympathy for the media and their objection to the new media bill because they themselves impose censorship, especially on reader comments!!!!!

      Samantha - 2011-11-10 09:40

      all those thumbs down to the truth that NOT ONLY WHITES PAY TAXES, wow, shows how many racist whites are still out there

      Merven - 2011-11-10 10:10

      Agree Samantha, anybody that earns money in a legal way pays taxes.

  • ShaunCro - 2011-11-10 07:55

    I refuse to let my hard earned money to be used for this!

      Frans - 2011-11-10 07:58

      You may refuse but Mr Taxman has your number, he knows where you live as well...

      Sandra - 2011-11-10 08:27

      they gonna use it anyway..... ANC is literally losing it

      Thabiso - 2011-11-10 08:33

      If you find the way to withdraw your tax money from being misused, let the rest of us know. Until then its business as usual

      Jerhone - 2011-11-10 08:45

      they may know where we live but they have no place left in the jails, they are already overcrowded, all we need is the first one hundred thousand people to go to jail on tax evasion and the rest not pay tax PROBLEM SOLVED it's the only way to save this country

      ShaunCro - 2011-11-10 09:01

      Yeah unfortunately there is f-all any of us can do. I pay my taxes and they squander them. I have started waking up every morning with a sense of foreboding deep in my stomache.

      Gail - 2011-11-10 09:37

      If EVERY taxpayer....and I mean EVERY taxpayer just refused to pay taxes there is nothing the government could do. A handful of people refusing to pay could be prosecuted, but 5 million...I doubt it. So it's up to EVERY taxpayer to make a difference.

      ShaunCro - 2011-11-10 10:11

      Ok i have sent the DA an email for some assistance with the starting of a petition to stop this. Once I have all the information I need I will find away of steering everybody that doesn't agree to the site where it can be signed.

      John - 2011-11-10 10:56

      Join Vusi Mabaso on facebook.

      Andrew - 2011-11-10 11:09

      Unfortunatley there is nothing we can do about it. Its as though we are stuck on a railway line and we can see the oncoming train, it just doesnt help anymore to complain - I'm just so sick of how theres nothing we can do.

  • Markrschulz - 2011-11-10 07:55

    And not a cent set aside for South Africa's Unification centenary (1910)/or golden jubilee of independence from Britain (1961). Ridiculous.

      Mark - 2011-11-10 08:38

      To the thumbs down people: the ANC has already established the principle by declaring that "It's important to know where we came from." Thus it is just as easy to celebrate all contributions to our history. Of course, they were being the arrogant hypocrites that we have come to expect, never thinking through the full implications of their statements.

      Paulo - 2011-11-10 08:48

      I agree it's scandalous that the Union was not even mentioned by our esteemed government last year and now because it's their centenery it's happy days. The ANC suck.

  • ChiefGalaktus - 2011-11-10 07:56

    Greece, Italy we are right behind you, its only a matter of time

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-10 10:02

      No i think we already worse off....

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-10 10:03

      They just dont give a F$$$$ in Africa

  • Deon - 2011-11-10 07:57

    Where is my membership's card? This is a disgrace.

  • StarStruck - 2011-11-10 07:57

    What a total waist of much needed money for the poor. The ANC really has got their heads in the sand. R400m can be used to build houses, why the hell don't they just do that?

      Roy - 2011-11-10 08:40

      NOT in the sand but up their backsides!

      Kevin - 2011-11-10 09:18

      The poor cause this problem by voting for thieves. I want tax savings , not money for people who cause the problem

      Gail - 2011-11-10 09:40

      Because they care "feathers" for the poor and destitute!

  • Jonathan - 2011-11-10 07:58

    pathetic!

  • Frans - 2011-11-10 08:00

    It's only a matter of time...

  • Walter - 2011-11-10 08:01

    Interesting how they are following the typical patterns of a country's government. Once they start using the country's budget for their own benefit, it is only a matter of time before the masses will feel resentment and want to expel the government. It can be violent or peaceful - depending on the maturity of the nation.

      Fred - 2011-11-10 08:28

      Cannot happen too soon. Time we were free of this scum

      John - 2011-11-10 09:09

      The problem Wally, is that it is typical of the masses to continue voting for "their" party, as it represents them. It is essentially a black party representing blacks, so they will continue keeping them in power even after the country has gone belly-up. There is no way the masses will sway to a party like the DA - not in significant numbers anyway. It's sad, but a fact. This is Africa afterall....

      Havokreeka - 2011-11-10 11:05

      I hope it's violent... We pour all their Johnny Walker Blue Label over them and set them on fire.

  • Marion - 2011-11-10 08:02

    "The ANC however feels that the centenary celebrations form part of every South African's heritage, which is why it sees no problem in spending large sums of money." ... and that is the justification you give to upgrade these facilities for your birthday bash? Despots! We are talking approximately 3000 RDP houses here. THREE THOUSAND FAMILIES THAT COULD BE HOUSED MORONS !!!

      robbie.crouch - 2011-11-10 08:23

      Those 3000 are illiterate and do not know better and will vote them back!

      sean.redmond3 - 2011-11-10 08:27

      So what? They must party. The are destroying this country, a bit quicker everyday.That is what they do best. Destroy.

      Anthony - 2011-11-10 08:50

      50000x10000=500000000mil thats a little city that can be build. (R50000 two bedroomed house RDP)can even call it Nelson freedom city?

      Marion - 2011-11-10 08:51

      They may be illiterate but they are not stupid. Some rich oke should be charitable and print millions of booklets to be distributed to the poorest of the poor. A picture book. On one side a picture depicting and event that cost taxpayers money, with a tick through it. On the other a picture of an RDP house with a cross through it. Even illiterate people will understand that concept if the faces in the ticked pics are known to them.

      Harvey - 2011-11-11 14:12

      Crouch because of you I pray that Malema comes back. I'm sick and tired of people like you who believe that they have a God given right to insult blacks.

  • Exy - 2011-11-10 08:04

    This is bull$hit. I hope all South Africans are invited to attend the party. Free food & drink.

      Andrew - 2011-11-10 11:21

      Even though we're paying for it you'll need an ANC membership card to get in - so I guess I'm not invited along with most of us.

  • Saksak - 2011-11-10 08:04

    I don't have a problem with it. The ANC's centenary celebration is being used as a catalyst for infrastructure improvement, just like the one month football tournament last year

      Julian - 2011-11-10 08:06

      Saksak, I hope that was sarcasm.

      Silver - 2011-11-10 08:12

      Lets first see who gets the tenders and then wait to see if anything actually gets done.

      Had - 2011-11-10 08:36

      @ Silver. Too late - the work has already been done & our money has been spent.

      Marion - 2011-11-10 08:57

      @Had... I get the impression from this article that it is R400m (PETTY CASH) for the birthday bash COMPARED TO more than 400m ALREADY SPENT on those upgrades or budgeted for further upgrades e.g. to Winnies house. If my understanding is right this expenditure is then closer to R1 000 000 000 (one billion rand for those who get confused by all the zeros).

      Had - 2011-11-10 09:40

      Marion - I have read the report again & think that you are right. Good luck with your Masakheni uMzansi Afrika Facebook group.

  • Marion - 2011-11-10 08:04

    The ANC fiddles while SA burns...

      Merven - 2011-11-10 10:11

      And yet the morons will still vote for them.

  • Herman - 2011-11-10 08:05

    Hahaha we are suckers, they will do what they want with what they want. One man one vote is the downfall of SA and the thieving anc knows it to well.

      Albert - 2011-11-10 09:50

      We should have sided with ET in 1994 instead of FW.We are going to end up with a civil war anyway.

      Herman - 2011-11-10 10:34

      Nope, I disagree wit the ET idea, I just believe that if you want a vote, you should earn it, either through tax payment, work allocation or even a degree or matric certificate, but when the masses control the economy through voting for an incompetent and criminal regime, we will keep on discussing this from a low point. Too late to turn back and do it right, now we have to try and fight (a losing battle it seems) or wait for the anc te self destruct and take SA down with it.

  • lynnea.gough - 2011-11-10 08:05

    disgusting......

  • Exy - 2011-11-10 08:05

    Party or 2500 RDP Houses??? Lets party its Africa

  • MarkusNicholas - 2011-11-10 08:07

    And they want us to be honest with our taxes?????

  • raath - 2011-11-10 08:08

    You can subsidize 45 000 to 50 000 families for a year with this money! What a waste! And then don't forget the bill to clean up the place after all the ANC party-goers messed all over. Heaven knows why they don't use rubbish bins or toilets...

      Marion - 2011-11-10 08:11

      @Raath, I agree about the high cost of cleaning up afterwards, but let's be fair... whenever there is a large gathering there is a large mess afterwards. Irrespective of who's gathering it is. So the comment about the rubbish bins and toilets is really below the belt.

      raath - 2011-11-10 08:12

      Sorry mom

      Brigitte - 2011-11-10 08:37

      Not below the belt at all 'mum'. 250000 men at Mighty Men Conference in Greytown - not one bit of litter or rubbish left behind.......

      Brigitte - 2011-11-10 08:37

      Not below the belt at all 'mum'. 250000 men at Mighty Men Conference in Greytown - not one bit of litter or rubbish left behind.......

      stevie0064 - 2011-11-10 09:01

      Dude, subsidizing 50 000 families for a year is almost as pointless as throwing a big party.

      Marion - 2011-11-10 09:02

      Below the belt. Surely everyone has seen what a stadium looks like after a rugby match or a mega concert, what a hall looks like after a wedding, what happens to dirt boxes when wind blows through them and redistributes the rubbish. Hooray for the Mighty Men gathering. They were there for a religious gathering and camped there and would be unlikely to mess on their own doorsteps. Let's not be holier than thou... everyone has been somewhere where they contributed to the litter problem in some way or another, even if it was just a stompie on the ground (and, before anyone goes there, no, I'm not talking about the Stompie we all know about!)

      John - 2011-11-10 09:14

      Absolutely Bridge, quarter of a million people at the mighty men conference show how a civilized society should behave

      Marion - 2011-11-10 09:47

      Civilized society? Use rubbish bins? Use toilets? All those comments are holier than thou and insulting in my opinion. Let he who has never littered and who has never stopped to pee on the side of the road throw the first stone.

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-10 10:07

      WTF u on about its off topic... the point was that the money we pay for infrastructure in this country is being misused....

      Brigitte - 2011-11-10 10:18

      @Marion - at a rugby match or concert, you pay handsomly for your ticket, which includes paying the staff who clean up after the attendees.I hate all litterbugs and until they started fining people would even pick up litter in the Kruger if I could do it from my seat with the door open! I think urinating in public is disgusting - don't even try to find a tree most of those men. Just because I use Mighty Men as an example, does not mean I am holier than thou - why should it make a difference why you attend a gathering in respect of cleaning up after yourself?

      Herman - 2011-11-10 10:22

      Agreed rheinhardt, far off the topic, but, Marion, there is a difference and it is obvious for all to see.

      Brian - 2011-11-10 11:14

      @Marion - don't throw stones .... that could be construed as littering~

  • Silver - 2011-11-10 08:10

    I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!!!!!!

      Herman - 2011-11-10 08:23

      Nope, not yours anymore

      raath - 2011-11-10 08:24

      Let's take it one step further. Let's take the country back!

      Silver - 2011-11-10 08:30

      @raath: Mmmmm interesting. Most of the ANC brass and most of their leaching supporters all in one spot.... mmmmmmm. Thinking about it, we can solve a whole lot of problems all at once.

  • nicog1 - 2011-11-10 08:10

    make sure you legally do not pay any more taxes..... used for self serving despots.... this is how mugabe treated zim, gadaffi treated libya, idi amin etc etc...... enough africa..... use the money for the people!

      Jeffrey - 2011-11-10 08:58

      Okay, I'm down with that. How, exactly, do we legally not pay any more taxes?

      Albert - 2011-11-10 10:00

      You take the R400M,divide by 5 million(no of taxpayers)=R80. This is the mistake you make on your taxreturn.Makes you feel a bit better.Anybody can make a mistake(typical ANC saying)

  • Gavin - 2011-11-10 08:10

    keep it up, down the tubes we go

  • Dirk - 2011-11-10 08:10

    WTF????? From R100m to R500m.....Come on ANC, the country does not benefit from a massive piss-up. If you want to hold a party, fine, but pay for it your bloody self. Imagine one of the other parties want to hold their anneversary party, should they request funds from state budget, the ANC will throw a hissi-fit. Also Mr President, the ANC should be working on fixing infrastructure, basic services, houses, upgrading hospitals and schools, helping the elderly, reducing crime and investing in getting more forreign investors and not for a bloody party, upgrading a stadium, renovating an already lavish house and booking bloody expensive resorts to set the scene for getting pissed. Goes to show, greed is an ugly thing! The government thinks they are more equal than others.

      John - 2011-11-10 11:13

      Join Vusi Mabaso on facebook.

  • John - 2011-11-10 08:10

    And these morons wonder why Moody's has downgraded South Africa. Perhaps we should change the National Anthem to "Hey, Big Spender".

      Serena - 2011-11-10 08:36

      No John, new national anthem by Talking Heads " We on the road to nowhere"

      richard.fahrenfort - 2011-11-10 08:49

      New National Anthem: AnCDC - Highway to Hell

      vlarismam - 2011-11-10 09:18

      All three sound apt for our new Anthem - mix them together for our rainbow nation!

  • NrGx - 2011-11-10 08:10

    so basically half a billion rand for a party?!?!? . An absolute disgrace! I think us ordinary, law abiding citizens of ALL races, creed & religion need to mobilize an information drive, whereby we will take all these criminal expenditures of the anc and read it to the masses till they realize what "their" government is doing with the money that is supposed to benefit them and not just the anc elite. OR set up a independent organisation that handles the tax money (who gets what and how much), cause clearly the anc have no idea what the value of money is.

  • Garreth - 2011-11-10 08:12

    How about we get busses and we all go to the party in Bloem. It's our money so why not join the party. Maybe 2 busses per province?

      sbaakdaws - 2011-11-10 08:24

      only two?

      Joanita - 2011-11-10 08:41

      HAHAHAHA JA! as we are paying for this piss up, we might as well join the party and feast on kfc!

      stevie0064 - 2011-11-10 08:58

      If you can't beat them join them, eh? No thanks. I choose not to associate myself with hypocrites, tyrants, and megalomaniacs.

      Iwan - 2011-11-10 09:21

      Lily Allen is most appropriate: F' You.

  • Had - 2011-11-10 08:12

    This is obscene. Vusi, you must get the ball rolling quickly with support for withholding tax payments. Why should we pay for a party for the ANC. I didn't even know that we have already forked out over R400 million for upgrading facilities for the bash. R35 million for renovating a church & R15 million for upgrading the Free State Premiers house. I don't believe what I am reading. More work for the Tenderpreneurs??

  • werner.smidt - 2011-11-10 08:12

    OK. . .but can I get a Bells?

      Johan - 2011-11-10 08:19

      two please !!

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2011-11-10 08:13

    VIVA A(partheid's) N(ew) C(hampions) !!

  • pws69 - 2011-11-10 08:14

    Didn't Winne Mandela recently lament the sorry state/lack of toilets in the Free State? Doesn't matter if you have to defecate behind the nearest bush as long as the ANC bigwigs have a party of note. Over 600 organisations fought to end apartheid, and the ANC take credit for what others have done. Tutu on his own did more to end apartheid than the ANC ever did. Whilst Mbeki and Zuma were hiding outside the country, Tutu was in the thick of things. Food for thought.

  • George - 2011-11-10 08:15

    My birthdays comming up and you are ALL invited Will let you know details when I get them. A mother of all parties. Have submited forms to Gov and Lotto for the cash and have heard it should not be a problem.

  • Had - 2011-11-10 08:16

    No wonder there is a huge budget deficit. Any comments Pravin Gordan?

  • Johan - 2011-11-10 08:16

    Do we get invited to the party ??

  • Tamandjaz - 2011-11-10 08:20

    i am sorry.... WHAT????

  • godesha - 2011-11-10 08:20

    Just a week or so ago Winnie Mandela was in shock over the unsanitary conditions that people live in and could not believe that in 17 years no progress has been made. This week we read about the many millions that is going to be spent on a birthday bash. Maybe this can explain why no progress is being made, Mrs Winnie? Clearly the ANC does not have their priorities in order. We are heading for a serious disaster in this country and it is only a matter of time before we are the 2nd Zimbabwe. What is wrong with these people? It breaks my heart to think of what could be done with all that money and to think that my hard earned money is being used for a party instead of uplifting this country and its people. Then I wonder if all the sacrifices we make make to go to work is really worth it. ANC, you make me sick!!!

      robbie.crouch - 2011-11-10 08:24

      She has been asleep for 17 years it seems.

      godesha - 2011-11-10 08:55

      @Robbie. As I said in my comment relating to that specific article - she must have been living under a rock.

  • Shanna - 2011-11-10 08:20

    Well I think next year I will claim MUCH more on my TAXES so I can get my money back. F.*.*.K them

      Samantha - 2011-11-10 09:25

      can we claim our tax money back for the crap its being spent on, lets see, there's this birthday party, the un-needed renovations to the presidential mansions, all the dumb ass court cases for all of these criminals, etc

      Samantha - 2011-11-10 09:27

      they fall under donations , right?- i need to ask the goverment to send me my tax deductable invoice, maybe we all should as we are all donating to this fiasco

  • robbie.crouch - 2011-11-10 08:21

    Eish Indeed! How many schools could have been upgraded?! Shame on the ANC!

      roboman1 - 2011-11-10 09:19

      you don't want to upgrade schools, for sure, cause the more educated the population, the less chance that they will vote for a government that rips them off, leaves them poor and in tin shanties while the leadership upgarde their house by 15 million, (Magashule), and their youth leader, at 30 years of age, builds and 18 million rand house less than 5 km's from a squatter camp and then tries to tell people he only earns 25 thousand a month before tax??? (Malema). So do the math, ooops no, we cannot do the maths cause the governement never upgrades the schools! (In Limpopo less than 35% of the schools have running water and flushing toilets! Govt Statistic), but hey let party, give them cake Jacob!

  • Joanita - 2011-11-10 08:23

    Good God! No wonder the man in the street with a normal income, can't sustain even their basic needs!!!!! its absolutely atrocious!

  • wendy.warwick3 - 2011-11-10 08:23

    Is there not a law or something that says your taxes paid go to the benefit and upliftment and running of the country - well if this is the case then surley I dont need to pay tax as this party is to benefit only the priviledged few and has nothing to do with running of the country. There must be some legal expert out there who can help on this.

  • Milano - 2011-11-10 08:25

    It just pains me,why do we still pay tax ?

      Karmah - 2011-11-10 09:20

      Because we are forced too....

  • Koos - 2011-11-10 08:26

    frokken honde!!!!!! dogs!!!!!! but yet, people are starving!!!! just yesterday a women in limpopo's kids died because of hunger but look what these ANC DOGS are doing!!! F U all you ANC frokkers!!!

      vlarismam - 2011-11-10 09:32

      Ag nee Koos - please don't insult dogs!

  • Thopa - 2011-11-10 08:26

    At-least the ruling party knows how to throw a big party....

      Silver - 2011-11-10 08:47

      lets hope they all chock on it.

      Shoosh - 2011-11-11 19:28

      @Silver & then choke on it as well.

  • ana.curcic - 2011-11-10 08:27

    Have they no shame????? It is about time that people get together and put a stop to this criminality.

      Bigrp - 2011-11-10 08:36

      No Ana; no shame...not part of their genetic make-up, all about me, myself and I!

  • Shawn - 2011-11-10 08:29

    It is great that the ANC has their century celebration, however it the responsibility of the ANC to fund that celebration. Tax payers money should not be used for this purpose. If this is done I swear that I will claim all expenses with regard to birthday partys of my family back from my tax.

      Jeffrey - 2011-11-10 09:05

      Shawn, If? It's already done...

  • Jason - 2011-11-10 08:30

    and yet there comrades will vote for them again next time round.. VIVA cANCer VIVA - your a f*cken disgrace to this country!!

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-10 08:31

    ANC - taking a huge dump on the heads of its people....especially those in poverty... when will u realise -Its not about the ANC anymore... its about South Africa... you arrogant corrupt ANC oxygen thieves. we cant entrust u with anything,,,

  • samuelbowker - 2011-11-10 08:31

    How can we stop this? Any ideas?

      Joanita - 2011-11-10 09:01

      We must all stop paying tax!

  • Jeremy - 2011-11-10 08:32

    Send all the poor to the party - we must get bus loads of destitute people in there! Imagine the homeless boogying with Winnie and Malema. Tell all the poor people you see - theres a party and they are all invited, they can even set their shacks up at the doors like desperate fans waiting to buy tickets for a rock concert!! Spread the word!!

      Linda - 2011-11-10 09:18

      Brilliant suggestion! Everyone gets so upset about the fact that tax money is being spent on obscene luxuries for government officials - except he people livingin squalor! They clearly dont mind as they keep on voting for the ANC

      John - 2011-12-15 08:28

      excellent idea traygon, if we can ;we should speak to the poor buggers in the shacks ,because they are unlikely to have computers and get them to support a mass transport of them to the party. Of course we need some also pissed off millionaire; to finance it. Apart from the fact that there should be no party at all, who the hell do these ANC members of government think they are; most of them were out of the country ,nice and safe and then they come back when the people in the shacks and the schools made it happen. look at Zuma he sends some kids for training in swaziland, then he tries again and get's arrested and spends the rest of his glorious military career in jail. Great hero he is.The government should pay for the poor to come to the party out of their own pockets; as they have stolen their chances of a good life.johnnyboy

  • Steven - 2011-11-10 08:32

    I live in Kroonstad in the free state and we do NOT have clean water, constant electricity problems, sewage problems, municipality CHAOS, roads are effed! i have to do offroad in town with a car (not a bakkie - mine was stolen earlier this year)to get to work because of a sh&t contractor digging up the road and paving it with an inferior quality paving that the trucks rip to pieces within two weeks!!! people in the townships have even more problems!!! i am sick of you anc wasting our money..... you are a disgrace to you own supporters and the rest of us hate you...

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-11-10 08:34

    The ANC have realized that they won't be in power for long, so they have elected to steal as much as possible before they get their marching orders.

      Jeffrey - 2011-11-10 09:09

      Would that you were right there, Maxodin.