ANC ‘steers clear’ of public purse

2011-06-24 12:43

The ruling party says it will not use taxpayers’ money for its centenary celebrations.

Briefing the media in Joburg today, ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete said Africa’s oldest liberation movement would raise funds for its 100th birthday party next year.

“There is no intention to blur the state and party lines. This is an ANC event,” said Mbete, who chairs the ANC’s centenary task team.

The ANC turns 100 on January 8 next year. For its traditional January 8 statement, party president Jacob Zuma, national executive committee members, guests and supporters will return to the venue of the ANC’s inaugural elective conference in Mangaung, Free State.

The centenary celebrations will culminate in the much-anticipated congress in December. It is at this conference where delegates are expected to decide whether or not nationalisation of mines becomes government policy.

“The celebrations are a national process. They are about the struggle of the people of South Africa. It is something to make a big deal out of.

“We (ANC) started out as something small in Mangaung (in 1912),” said Mbete, who added that the budget for the celebrations was yet to be finalised but emphasised that it would “not be cheap”.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said bold decisions would be made the ANC conference in Mangaung.

“These would be about where we are taking the country in the next 100 years,” he said.

Mbete would not be drawn into answering questions whether the congress would adopt unprecedented radical resolutions.

The ANC will officially launch its programme for the centenary celebrations on July 15 at the Constitutional Court.

The main event will be on January 8 next year in Mangaung. Thereafter the centenary celebrations will go to other provinces on a monthly basis.

The February celebrations will be in the Western cape.

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