$600 000 for Mugabe's 89th birthday bash

2013-02-06 14:01

Cape Town - Preparations for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's 89th birthday celebrations have begun, with the fundraising committee aiming to raise $600 000 for the event, according to a report.

The state-owned Herald reported on Wednesday that the funds were expected to be raised from the country’s 10 provinces.

The celebrations, slated for Chipadze Stadium in Bindura on 23 February, will be held under the theme "Youth for Indigenisation, Empowerment, Development and Employment Creation".

The chairperson of the fundraising committee, Absolom Sikhosana, could not be drawn to disclose how much had been raised so far, but said "everything was on course", adding that "those assigned to carry out various tasks were working timeously".

"We have raised a substantial amount for the event. Everything is moving according to plan and it is our hope that we will meet our targets," he said.

Sikhosana said donors were providing overwhelming support and called on others to be involved in the celebrations.

Over 60 000 people were expected to attend the occasion.

Although Mugabe is now one of Africa's oldest leaders, age hasn't dented his enthusiasm for office and he is set to contest in upcoming elections after more than three decades in power.

  • gerrit.v.heerden - 2013-02-06 14:09

    Wonder if Zuma is gonna be invited. Or maybe they can hold it at Nkandla.

      heini.botes - 2013-02-06 14:30

      Just die already!!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2013-02-06 14:36

      Buster, I can guarantee some of our hard earned tax money will be going towards this low lifes birthday, and for sure there will be a big delegation going from here, also funded by us tax payers, these pathetic morons are past a joke, we need a change and sooooon.

      Strikeback - 2013-02-06 14:38

      Zuma will be there! After all he is the main sponsor!

      mark.vandermerwe.908 - 2013-02-06 14:39

      Zuma will most likely donate the funds for the party - all criminals band together.

      colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-06 14:51

      You guys forgot the Sandton conventiom centre and I wonder if he will be MOC and which wife is he going to take along, maybe lucky lady tuckshop!

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-06 14:51

      Zuma's probably the biggest contributor to this old despot............just to think they had less than $200 in state coffers last month and want to spend $600 000 on the old farts party, that's African politics for you.......

      procold2 - 2013-02-06 14:51

      zuma will pay half from our tax money for his and at least six wives seats, the other half and a nice present will come from the anc foreign gat kryp budget which we as tax payers will need to replace next year.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-06 14:57

      Zuma, Zuma, Zuma .................... I'm sure this article is regarding Muggers'

      reynardt - 2013-02-06 15:12

      Lets hope he chokes on he's birthday cake wahahahaha

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2013-02-06 15:36

      Zapa, yes the article is about Muggers, we are just predicting where our tax money is going to get wasted next, it really doesn't matter where it gets wasted anymore, waste is waste, if our comments bring just one ANC supporter to see sense and help end this reign of corruption by the ANC then it's been worth it.

      ThandoGqabaza - 2013-02-06 15:40

      Didn't they complain of only having $200 in the bank account last week ? And they wanted donations ? Now this ? F*** them

      annelise.venter.77 - 2013-02-06 16:19

      And yet they (Zimbabwe) are asking international donors for money to hold an election. Priorities Africa, priorities!

      Klaus - 2013-02-06 16:41

      @Willem-do ghosts die, he needs to be exorcised, a stake through his evil heart

  • henry.fivaz - 2013-02-06 14:10

    But they do not have money for salaries?? $188 if I remember correctly

      JManAtheoi - 2013-02-06 14:27

      aaahh... the land of milk and honey.....oh..wait...

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-02-06 14:33

      ohh wait..bring your cows and bees

      alan.gernet - 2013-02-06 14:40

      where can I contribute towards another worthy African function?

      retlaw.yelmoc - 2013-02-06 14:49

      Alan you'll just have to go to the back of the que!

      karlu.unos - 2013-02-06 15:07

      its $217 left

      perter.damingo - 2013-02-06 15:08

      @ vambozha are you sure they will not claim them as Mugabes gifts???

      hein.huyser - 2013-02-06 21:51

      Last time I checked South Africa is one of Zim's provinces. Hell, we have more than 3million of their citizens here, and we have given on more than one occatipn a couple of hundreds of millions to mad Bob. If JZ goes, know that we have sponsored that party as well

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2013-02-06 14:12

    the only thing they cant bugger up is 2cm of train track, any longer and it will get bent.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-06 15:52

      Mugabe is a graduate of the Zipper School of Economics and Fly Swatting.

  • daniel.rossouw1 - 2013-02-06 14:15

    Hope its US dollars cause if its Zim Dollars its like 20c. Zuma will donate taxpayers money and then deny it.

      johan.uys.75 - 2013-02-06 14:21

      Rather hope that it is Zim dollars.

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-02-06 14:34

      its US dollars..thats around R5mill

  • timothy.tanzer.5 - 2013-02-06 14:17

    lol! no need to hire any comedians or a circus for entertainment

  • sharkie.fin - 2013-02-06 14:18

    Only 600 000? they are running out of money

      hein.huyser - 2013-02-06 21:53

      US$? Not small change

  • denzel.mashesha.5 - 2013-02-06 14:18

    ai no its 2 much money

      Rustic - 2013-02-06 17:06

      I will cheerfully donate -R100.

  • randy.blaauw - 2013-02-06 14:19

    Last week country broke this week geting money for moerse party? Did they win the powerball last nyt

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-02-06 14:21

    What an idiot of a president how low can u go, no wonder Zuma is his best friend

  • lulu.shezi - 2013-02-06 14:21

    i've never wished death upon anybody but this guy..hmmmm...and just now their gove had 217 dollars left...then zuma will keep bailing them out...yo uh-uh..mugabe must sommer kick the bucket now

  • attila.biemuller - 2013-02-06 14:22

    Sadza Cookies in the making.

  • Daleinn Choonoo - 2013-02-06 14:24

    another Gadaffi!

      karlu.unos - 2013-02-06 15:06

      Gadaffi was worth $200 billion

  • bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-06 14:24

    If he doesn't run for office again and loses power he will be charged with war crimes, so I guess that's why he's so enthusiastic..

  • march54 - 2013-02-06 14:26

    Last week $217 in Government coffers, begging for money for elections, world providing $13 in food aid! Now the country is collecting $600 000 for a birthday party for the man who has banrupted the country.WTF get prioties right country first then birthday cake.

      Smart Peace - 2013-02-06 14:36

      my point

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2013-02-06 14:42

      African despot politics at play. First the twat tells the West to go to hell, next he will be on their doorstep with his begging bowl.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2013-02-06 14:29

    I'm seriously beginning to doubt that mugabe is indeed mugabe or this is a very old picture. How is it that he does not look any older. Has he already died and a clone is walking around? N24, don't you have a more recent photo. A photo in this year.

  • Dave Camacho - 2013-02-06 14:33

    isnt it funny that good people like JFK, Martin Luther King and John Lennon were all killed so efficiently but this rotten sKumbag keeps going after all these years !

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2013-02-06 16:06

      God nor the Devil want Mugabe, both seem fussy about the company they keep.

  • Eterni80 - 2013-02-06 14:34


  • colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-06 14:40

    The scenario unfolding looks vaguely familiar! I wonder who is tutoring who?

      kimard - 2013-02-06 16:39

      exactly colleen - south africas dear egg-head

  • chiepner - 2013-02-06 14:40

    Boy.....yet there is no money to hold an election? So it means the basic rights of said citizens is not as important as the basic right to have a birthday bash for the president?

  • matshane.seleko - 2013-02-06 14:43

    Some people you can't help but just become envious of them,like someone who is 89 years old,but is still working,and so is loved by people he works for.

      retlaw.yelmoc - 2013-02-06 14:50

      Is that sarcasm I dedect Matshane?

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-06 14:55

      So loved that most of them love him from SA

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-06 15:20

      My goodness I have seen some deluded peole on this forum, but you sir take the cake

      matshane.seleko - 2013-02-06 16:33

      Opinionator,obviously you don't get my point.You are reading between the lines.

  • Joe - 2013-02-06 14:43

    ...sigh...There goes the neighbourhood.

  • The_Don_@_Nkandla - 2013-02-06 14:45

    And they do not have enough money for the forthcoming referendum on the new constitution for which the begging bowls are doing the rounds now internationally! I just do not understand this kind of logic at all! Poor Zimbabweans!

      Smart Peace - 2013-02-06 14:59

      not only referendum but also elections

      Bob - 2013-02-06 15:30

      Meh. I feel nothing for the citizens. They continue to allow themselves to be bullied into voting for ZANU, they must suffer the consequences of their actions.

  • osama.pascal - 2013-02-06 14:47

    That's crazy stuff. Well shower man (and his groupies) is already showing those tendencies with his kingdom of nkandla while pupils are studying under mud shelters, e-tolls, ill equipt hospitals, sub-standard education and so the list goes on.

  • retlaw.yelmoc - 2013-02-06 14:47

    Statesman! Need a dignified party surely? ;)

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2013-02-06 14:49

    Please tell Mr Mugabe, from the taxpayers of SA, most of whom he despises anyway, that he can rot in hell.

  • SKYWATCHER30 - 2013-02-06 14:52

    Its alien, it has to be, it just won't die, 89 and still holding onto power of a stuffed country

  • opinionator - 2013-02-06 14:53

    Like a proper toss. A few weeks ago they had $217 in the bank and now all of a sudden they have $600 000 to feed their spectular leader >:( his people are starving and the country is in ruins!! what a digusting human being!!!!!

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-06 14:56

    Muggers' you.................

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2013-02-06 15:01

    And Zim bleads with no MONEY...sick old goat

  • james.wit.92 - 2013-02-06 15:06

    I'll contribute to a burial bash

  • FinalJustice - 2013-02-06 15:08

    I am absolutely, totally terrified of the logic (or general lack thereof) in a voting population that intends to re-elect an 89year old mindless fossil into power for a 6/7th consecutive term. F.O.and.D. you freekin' imbecile you ...

  • colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-06 15:12

    Hey peeps we forgot the Sandton convention centre! I wonder if J he is MOC? Which wife is he going to take with, lucky lady tuckshop? Is he going to be scouting for his next wife at the function?

      Smart Peace - 2013-02-06 15:22

      No doubt u were never in a boardroom with this kind of digress

  • Ren - 2013-02-06 15:12

    Like a tick, just suckin the blood out his people's veins, almost as bad as the ANC , guess what eventually the host dies!!!

  • Smart Peace - 2013-02-06 15:18

    This photo is yesterday's; Mugabe grows younger every time - what a lucky superman

  • zip.reeper - 2013-02-06 15:23

    "why can't the natives enjoy a few festivities? uncle bob is looking after his people" -- Zealy in Zip Reeper anthology.

  • ann.padoa - 2013-02-06 15:31

    What planet are you from, you idiot. All his people are dying from starvation. Why do you think there so many of them here in SA, taking jobs away from our people. Open your eyes.

  • - 2013-02-06 15:31

    I wonder how these funds are being raised. Going door to door with guns and forcing citizens to hand over money??

  • zebedee.kok - 2013-02-06 15:36

    The turd that just won't flush

  • kooskanmar - 2013-02-06 15:38

    Can I send him a fossil watch as a birthday present ?

  • flysouth - 2013-02-06 15:41

    Are these people quite mad? With, as reported last week, the Zim government having only $217 in the bank, i.e.literally bankrupt, how can such an extravagance be contemplated?

  • gladness - 2013-02-06 15:50

    What a wonderful man Mugabe is. A shining example of how black big shot leaders are only interested in their own ego - look at the kia in Nkandla. Only R250 million. How cheap.

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2013-02-06 15:56

    He might as well celebrate his last Birthday......

  • Diran - 2013-02-06 15:58

    Unbelievable!!!!! WHAT ARE YOU CELEBRATING? You bring nothing but pain and sorrow to the people of Zim. The country is barely afloat and people are raising $ 600 000 for a birthday party. Now wonder the west will never take Africa serious.

  • Diran - 2013-02-06 16:01

    Go have a happy meal at Mac D's you bloody idiot.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-06 19:05

      Why should Muggers' follow your daily dietary regime ??? Muggers' looks way more fit than you.....hheheheheheheee

  • Earl O Tool - 2013-02-06 16:01

    zim dollars? thats 60 000 people sharing 40 000 salticracks with no butter

  • impi.masondo - 2013-02-06 16:11

    happy birthday robert gabriel mugabe

      mia.mould.16 - 2013-02-06 20:16

      It better be happy one because hopefully this is his last and then its time to burn in hell!!!!!!!

  • maluxionn - 2013-02-06 16:19

    I'm baffled by whites here,earlier on there were reports that 100 terrorists in mali were killed by french army en they were happy for that.But if there can be a topic about boeremag overthrowing ANC government they'll comment in support of those boeremag. but boeremag were to do or done what those islamists in mali have done.It seems to them everything that is done by whites even if it is bad as long as it happens against blacks there is no problem.what a bunch of hypocrites.Coming to mugabe it is his right to celebrate birthday just like the rest of us,and if the sponsors can afford that I see no problem.

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2013-02-06 16:19

    Please!!! Let's allow the old man to enjoy his last birthday cake!

  • tusani.masoka - 2013-02-06 16:25

    This should be his farewell party!

  • Shane Kelly - 2013-02-06 16:27

    Hopefully he chokes on a piece of cake