ANC stops eating cake in public

2012-04-29 14:36

Johannesburg - ANC leaders will no longer eat cake in front of party supporters at centenary rallies, according to a report on Sunday.

The matter was raised as part of ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete's report on centenary celebrations held in Bloemfontein earlier this year, City Press reported.

"It was proposed that for future January 8 celebrations the eating of cake should be made private, as it does not augur well to eat in front of our members and supporters while they are not eating," the assessment of the centenary celebrations found.

African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told the newspaper that everyone in the national executive committee (NEC) agreed the public cake-eating culture should be reviewed.

"The issue is how do you celebrate 100 years of the ANC with 150 000 people, when it comes to this area of eating cake?" he was quoted as saying.

"How do we tweak this culture and make it less insensitive?"

According to the report the cake proposal was first tabled at the NEC meeting in early February.

In future, the cake will be displayed at the stadium, but will not be eaten in public.

Mthembu told the newspaper the ANC was looking at alternatives such as donating the cake to orphanages and schools.

  • Ariado - 2012-04-29 14:41

    Well, there is a different meaning of "cake", which everyone wants a piece. You eat more behind the public.

      Ray - 2012-04-29 15:26

      As Marie Antoinette said "LET THEM EAT CAKE"

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-29 15:32

      @Wesley - that was Juju munching Flloyd. nom nom nom Moving on ... Will the arrogant ANC also stop eating caviar and drinking champagne at their rallies ???

      Alan - 2012-04-29 15:36

      No ANC, don't be silly: simply tell your supporters that 'you are eating the cake on behalf of them'. They will believe that of course. Problem solved.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-29 16:19

      I am a little slow.... What's wrong with a bunch of cakes eating cake at anc functions? Is it beacuse the cake-voters are starving and the big cakes are stuffing their cake-holes? Hell man, its a dog-eat-dog world cake-voters. Vote for these cakes again, and you will still have no cake to eat....maybe for another 18 years. I could have gooied chocolate in there somewhere, but i would get lynched....*thought* I must get my mind out the cutter. moving swiftly on.....

      Robin - 2012-04-29 18:45

      Same as lining their pockets behind our backs....Wish they were worried about our country as much as stuffing their faces with cake wtf!

      Robert - 2012-04-29 19:10

      Eat it behind doors - Well done no solution, like always. Thets in anyway where everything happens.

      Jack - 2012-04-29 19:20

      Meeting: Comrades, we need to stop eating cake in public. yes! Comrades we must stop drinking Jonnie Walker black and R1500 champagne and wearing R250 000-00 watches in public. WTF!!!!!!!!! are you insane head comrade.

      Boer - 2012-04-29 19:22

      Pathetic subject. Is this news??I dont think so.

      Jenny - 2012-04-30 11:10

      For one mad moment there I thought the headline meant they were going to stop flaunting our tax money on expensive cars, private jets, first class airline seats, five star hotels, French champagne, black label whisky, mansions.... but no - their concession to their jet-set lifestyle is to not eat cake in front of their hungry supporters. Wow - how sensitive and giving these fat cat are becoming.... NOT!

      Christopher - 2012-04-30 15:27

      What about giving some cake to your supporters? That would get you a few more brownie (excuse the pun) points?

      Denise - 2012-04-30 19:47

      It's okay for the ANC government - champions of the poor - to steal R40 billion in two years from their own people, it’s okay for the ANC to spend R50million on luxury cars, R200million on parties, R1.7 billion on hotels, travel & catering. If the ANC wants to keep saying ‘F*ck you’ to the poor, there are cheaper ways of doing it. Or if they really want to insult South Africa’s 20-million citizens living in abject poverty, why not just keep promising a better life in return for their votes and then don’t… oh, wait, they’re already doing that.

  • Fussed - 2012-04-29 14:47

    An no more DRINKING

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-04-29 14:47

    Exactly don't share the cake just go eat in the wealth of the country.

  • Fussed - 2012-04-29 14:47

    Running out of money are you

  • Bomb - 2012-04-29 14:50

    And stealing billions through corruption is not insensitive?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-29 17:25

      That is why we prefer to do it in secret.

  • Monika - 2012-04-29 14:51

    This is the most ridiculous scenario, ANC debate and resolution. If you spend millions and more millions on extravagant lifestyles, parties, trips, possessions, hotel accommodation, etc., etc. - WHY would you worry about eating cake in front of your supporters???? You drive your fat Mercs and BMWs in front of them, and you upgrade your palaces, spending more millions, in front of them. How much does it cost to buy enough cake so that each supporter can have one piece? The Maths should not be too difficult. And then you consider it more sensitive to DISPLAY the cake in front of your supporters - and then eat it in private. How does that make it any fairer????? Instead of bringing on pots and pots and pots of basic wholesome soup to feed your supporters just once a year (there are many NGOs and church organisations who feed the poor of this country every day!!!). Shame on you - and shame again!!!

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-29 16:59

      Agree 100%. However maths has never been ANC's strong-suit e.g. cost to replace totally collapsed infrastructure vs consistently maintaining what you have, number of people being born vs the amount of infrastructure provided, how to turn a R14bil toll road into a R20 bill toll road, how many people can fit into a taxi, how many 'planes does it take to fly one deceased president back to Malawi (or a live one to the USA)....

      jaco.fridaystreet - 2012-04-29 18:58

      Spot on!! Thanks.

      Marion - 2012-04-30 11:21

      Well said Kameomaua.

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-04-29 14:53

    Is Marie-Antonette not claimed to have said - "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche". Indeed it is time for the ANC to start sharing the cake, starting with the E-tolls, Weapon's Deal.

      Pieter - 2012-04-29 15:21

      Do they feel the approaching guiloteen???

      Glyn - 2012-04-29 15:35

      Qu'ils mangent de la brioche = they eat cake.

  • Jacques - 2012-04-29 14:55


  • Fussed - 2012-04-29 14:55

    Looks like there gravy train has broken down

  • Elkita - 2012-04-29 14:58

    The anc should give all the voters around them cake.They steal enough to afford it.Just remember they are going to eat it behind your backs and have a good laugh.....

      Jannie - 2012-04-29 15:22

      They deserve to it it behind BARS

  • Ian - 2012-04-29 15:00

    ya sure,they will guzzle johnny walker blue at tax payers expense instead

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-04-29 15:00

    How considerate , and who said ANC does not think about there actions.they put the people first .thank u ANC

      Sharon - 2012-04-29 15:14

      Yes Mario, it is ironic! I think the insensitive part is them eating cake in front of us that WE PAID FOR!

  • Ian - 2012-04-29 15:01

    they will get a cake pusssel at election time

  • anton.fester - 2012-04-29 15:04

    It's almost like a metaphor

      Glyn - 2012-04-29 15:38

      Let them eat cak!

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-29 15:06

    But demanding us to pay to drive in Joburg is not sensitive enough

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-29 15:33

      The ANC regime are all snakes !!!

  • Pj - 2012-04-29 15:08

    Marie Antoinette last words were : Let them eat cake. Sortly after that she was beheaded with the Guillotine so maybe the ANC leaders are afraid of France situations?

      stuart.steedman - 2012-04-29 19:10

      Those weren't her last words. Her last words, to her executioner, were: "Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it" after she accidentally stepped on his foot. Oddly enough, there's zero evidence to support that she ever said "Let them eat cake". It's considered to be made-up by biographers well after her death. Anyways, sorry to derail the point you were trying to make, but if you're going to invoke history to back up your statements, it helps to get it right.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-29 15:11

    Oh hell, this is too funny - will they still let us taste champagne through their lips?

  • Sandra - 2012-04-29 15:12

    Give them all some cake!!

  • Herbert - 2012-04-29 15:13


  • Julian - 2012-04-29 15:13

    insesitive to the starving millions i agree but does not change the fact that they still getting fat off our tax money

  • angela.monaghansandells - 2012-04-29 15:14

    So suddenly it's wrong to stuff their fat faces with cake in front of the starving public. Will the same apply to crispy chicken?

  • marcusmpho - 2012-04-29 15:15

    Wow!!! For once they accept that they may be wrong sometimes. What a brilliant change of heart!

      Glyn - 2012-04-29 15:45

      A change of heart is ok but a change of mind would be better!

  • Eban - 2012-04-29 15:17

    ahhh yes of course...let them NOT eat cake...but let them drink Johnny Walker the case load !!!!

  • tom.vorster - 2012-04-29 15:18

    So its cool to drive in a 10 car convoy; its ok to throw your toys if you dont get that first class seat on the plane; its fine to spend taxpayers money on upgrading that security fence; but dont, whatever you do, eat cake in public.

      Pieter - 2012-04-29 21:05

      And ok to scoop all lefovers into your bag.

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-04-29 15:21

    Reminds me of the french royals, I just imagine zuma's wifes in the role of Marie Antoinette: "Let them eat cake"

  • Judith - 2012-04-29 15:23

    Twits of the first water - why don't they make sure that everyone gets some? Well I suppose they are not into sharing with the minions. This just displays their arrogance

      Sharon - 2012-04-29 15:26

      @ Judith - they get the cake, the minions get defective condoms!

  • marnalouw - 2012-04-29 15:24

    Wow...insensitive to eat cake...hmm. So you don't think it is insensitive to buy a sh*t ton of cars and have million-billion dollar weddings slaughtering animals for the feast instead of giving to the poor. You don't think it is insensitive at ALL to live so luxurious while promising to make people's lives better? Well hell then...don't eat that cake if it seems so insensitive.

  • adrian.marais - 2012-04-29 15:26

    Mmm?... Oh yes then only know how to eat with their hands.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-04-29 15:27

    Yeah, ok, whatever; Bbrilliant strategic decision making displayed by the ruling party here. Like this is probably the most importantly relevant issue in national interest that required some very serious attention!

  • Derk - 2012-04-29 15:28

    why don't they just eat each other

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-29 19:04

      Oh, I like that ... :)

  • Greg - 2012-04-29 15:29

    Realising that it may be insensitive- after 17 years? What is the difference in eating cake in front of them and arriving in a flashy car? Just wondering...

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-29 16:05

      You're right to question it. They obviously have not given it a single thought - other than to think "Kyle hoe lyk ek nou"

  • Glyn - 2012-04-29 15:30

    Eating cake is a private affair between consenting adults, done behind closed doors. It is why the Cake Eating Secrecy Bill is being pushed thru'!! Kinky anc oligarchs!

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-04-29 15:34

    Always the ANC this and that, they should feed the poor and needy, and what is a Piece of cake anyway, what they need is food. Stop the drinking and lavish parties as well.

  • nelus.schoeman - 2012-04-29 15:41

    The important issues our government face on a daily basis, and the hard decisions they have to make. WOW

      Werner - 2012-05-01 08:54

      Yes how they find time, to concern themselves with the mere plebeians. They do govern so well !

  • kensong.ben - 2012-04-29 15:47

    Lol...just stop eating..not only cakes ,but the reserve mean to uplift the same1 you r feeling bad for....

  • Lennox - 2012-04-29 15:47

    Is this news worthy news24?or are you just trying to fill up this space as you have nothing to write about

      tom.vorster - 2012-04-29 15:55

      It is newsworthy Lennox, very much so - it tells us quite clearly how out of touch with reality the ruling party are. FYI - ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete, the author of this fine recomendation, and for a brief period Deputy President, was "so concerned" about the people when she was replaced as Deputy President, she refused to move out of her offical residence leaving the "people" to foot the bill for President Zuma's and Deputy President Mothlante's lavish needs for comfortable accommodation.

  • Dee - 2012-04-29 15:50

    A bit late and a very lame 'image' management 'resolution' they think people cannot see their flash cars, obscenely lavish weddings on Top Billing, read the reports of eating sushi off naked bodies and never ending reports of plundering state coffers for elaborate walls and life styles. UGHHHHHH!!!!! I say let our fat incompetant 'leaders' eat all the cake they want - get cavities and die young of diabetes and obesity. (Oh dear ..but then I remember the preferential treatment Manto got for a liver transplant of her alcoholic cirrhotic liver?!)

      rlmbennett - 2012-04-29 16:28

      Then why do they still vote for these criminals? Perplexing, isn't it?

  • Glyn - 2012-04-29 15:50

    I eat cake in front of whoever I want! Ha! Ha! Trouble is... I don't have a big black, tinted glass, gas guzzling car!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-29 17:56

      Oh dear Glyn, you have to come right! How can you not have a big black gas guzzling car? :p

  • Muhammed - 2012-04-29 15:55

    Hilarious claptrap!!!

  • Natascha - 2012-04-29 15:59

    The ANC is such a joke-they should be worried about how their corruption is influencing people and not their eating of cake!! Banana republic thru and thru

      Marina - 2012-04-30 08:44

      Banana cake eating republic

  • joemols - 2012-04-29 16:00

    Oh,m back,wow great to be back! Now we not gonna see them eating the cake,only the money neh,jah neh....

  • Musawenkosi - 2012-04-29 16:02

    These guys are a bunch of jokes end of story. But the time is coming when the people of South Africa will say enough is enough. The people of South Africa will never be difined by the color of their skin but their focus will be on delivery, accountability. The so called politicians will men and women who have what is takes to convince an informed society, ability to think and lead NOT these CHARLATANS.

  • danie.dewaal - 2012-04-29 16:05

    Let them have the cake, I just want some gravy from the train

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-29 16:06

    They should be eating bread - goes much better with grrravy!

  • Zahir - 2012-04-29 16:08

    What about arrive in townships driving a R1 million BMW is that ok for anc leaders?

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-04-29 16:13 this supposed to be like breaking news.....what a joke.....never mind the cake its all the other extravagances that need to be many starving poor people are out there....and anc supporters too nogal......all the anc can do is vreet flipping parasites

  • miandra.vanzyl - 2012-04-29 16:17

    that cake is actually a symbol of lets ice the cake and eat otherwords its a symbol of how you mr president and ministers have enriched yourself in luxery and how the poor is struggeling even more. You are all fat, lazy and as much respect as I had for the ANC and Mr Mandela I dont have anymore for any politician. I bet a week before the election you will hand out cake to the poor!!

  • Master - 2012-04-29 16:19

    During the French revolution the Royalty stood on the castle walls and told the masses who were starving and begging for bread. To Eat Cake. and we all know what happened to the Royalty then chop chop and their heads were in the guillotine basket

  • Phuti - 2012-04-29 16:19

    ANC is not relevant cos them & DA r the same thing.they just enrich themselves & leave the masses poor.

      rlmbennett - 2012-04-29 16:31

      The DA is not governing the country, the ANC is.

      Nigel - 2012-04-29 16:47

      the DA enrich themselves?????????????????????????? woa thats some good stuff you are smoking man!!

      mholthuysen - 2012-04-29 19:39

      One reason why this country is in such a mess. Fiction or facts? Well I give you facts - EVERY area run by the DA - no corruption, no crime, no nepotism, forward we go.... EVERY area run by the ANC... you fill in the blanks yourself.... but try and be factual!

  • rlmbennett - 2012-04-29 16:23

    Any more theories on why the population still votes ANC? Puzzling would be an understaement. Somebody could do a doctoral thesis on this.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-29 16:47

      Fear. Many believe that voting for any other party will guarantee a return of apartheid and oppression and many are intimidated into voting, having their lives and their families' lives threatened. In some respects the attitude to the ANC is feudalistic, criticism of or not voting for them being tantamount to treason. Sadly, the concept of a secret ballot, a Constitution is not completely understood.