Heads of state flocking to ANC bash

2012-01-04 22:18

Bloemfontein - The African National Congress expects 46 heads of state at its 100th anniversary bash this weekend, but isn't sure its iconic leader Nelson Mandela will attend, the party said on Wednesday.

"We continue to hope, but that's not an issue you can ever finalise until the very last moment because the spirit must also move the old man," ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete told journalists.

At 93 and increasingly frail, Mandela has not been seen in public since July 2010 where he delighted fans at the World Cup final with a surprise appearance.

After a health scare in January 2011, he retired to his rural childhood village.

The democratic hero's family will attend, alongside heads of state, former leaders and members of the anti-apartheid movement, said Mbete.

The party expects 46 heads of state to attend the three days of celebrations that start Friday, with 100 000 supporters expected to flood into the normally placid central city of Bloemfontein.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni are among leaders that have confirmed attendance for the anniversary of the party which has been in power the fall of apartheid in 1994.

Events include a golf tournament, a ritual cleansing ceremony and animal sacrifice at the church where the party was founded in 1912. President Jacob Zuma is expected to give a speech on Sunday.

Former president Thabo Mbeki, who the party removed from office just months before the end of his second term, will attend, as will Nobel Peace Prize winner, retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has sharply criticised the ANC in power.

  • Balletjies - 2012-01-04 22:51

    FW and Roelf wil most probably be there too.

      Shoosh - 2012-01-05 00:18

      You mean Pik & Roelf? FW will not be there.

      Bongani - 2012-01-05 00:33

      Why won't FW be there? Is he too busy eating Greek Cookies?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-05 10:24

      FW won't go there, he is busy with his friends wife somewhere.

  • TamaraSays - 2012-01-04 23:24

    Hell no! What happens if you spill a drink on one of the big boys?

      Juan - 2012-01-05 03:06

      Carefull you don't spill something on mugabe, or use his toilet you might just disappear.

      Lwads - 2012-01-05 08:56

      Maybe it will be best you don't drink... At all!

  • Kenjaymay - 2012-01-04 23:56

    Ringling Brothers Circus, and all the Clowns are invited!!!

      Xavier7034 - 2012-01-05 09:04

      In SA context - Boswell's Circus - with Tickey the Clown and the "White Faced" clown Francesco in attendance perhaps.....the comparisons could be cogent and hilarious!

      Xavier7034 - 2012-01-05 09:08

      Just did some research about Francesco the clown, which has some relevance to today's Matric results as well: Francesco was employed by the South African Ministry of Education to lecture to school children on a variety of subjects, from animals to road safety!

  • Billy - 2012-01-04 23:57

    An ANIMAL SACRIFICE at the church where the party was founded?? No doubt carried out by sangomas. Has the ANC got no concept of what Christianity is about?

      Bongani - 2012-01-05 00:11

      Please Billy don't get upset yet. They will tie Julius to a braai and sacrifice him like Abraham did. I'm sure God will be OK if a beautiful fluffy sheep is replaced with a black sheep.

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-05 06:24

      Thats why kids are mutilated for body parts in order to get muti, those in power encourage dark acts in the name of protecting "culture".

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 06:56

      Christianity? What has that got to do with anything? We are not a secular state, thank god :-)

      Squeegee - 2012-01-05 08:01

      Billy, you are right. This is an abomination. Paganism on steroids.

  • irfinlay - 2012-01-05 00:01

    There will be a minutes silence for the one head of state who would have been there, but due to circumstances that he lost control of cannot be there - Gadaffi! Ag sjame. Lets see if they honour his demise during the celebrations.

      Bongani - 2012-01-05 00:29

      And what about King Kong from North Korea? You not going to hold a minute for him? Shame on you!

      John - 2012-01-05 06:00

      But Martha Da Mamphara will be there performing for her beloved.

  • afroduckk - 2012-01-05 04:34

    Events -- Golf , a ritual cleansing ceremony and animal sacrifice. Did they forget the 'Sushi Eating Contest' ,'JuJu Jive' and the most important one 'Checking who stole the most money'. The ANC could have spent all this money on so many more relevant issues , such as the poverty in their communities and the homeless , but no , we will do as we please.

      Mbeko - 2012-01-05 07:31

      @Afroduck...the problem is ANC does not know what 'relevant issues' are...i say these are celebrations for failing with "flying colours"...

  • Pawel - 2012-01-05 04:58

    hmmm, one little accident ...

  • clivegoss - 2012-01-05 05:12

    Hey hey hey , hear them Bell's is FREE FOOD and BOOZE whopee ! Amabooza hear them ring loud and clear. What a waste of money that could've been spent on general infrastructure.., if of course you can keep the grab hands out of the national till !

  • Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-05 06:21

    So sad I'm missing this event. Noble leaders like Mugabe attending, an animal sacrifice in front of a church. And 100 000 of my boeties. Damn, I'm just too busy - guess you can't get everything you want in life. (I think Agliotti is attending too - giving lectures on the art of corruption, for free nogal!) Have fun cadres.

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-05 06:27

      To be fair though, 100 years is a big milestone, it does deserve a celebration of sorts. Pity it costs so much in a country that has so many social problems.

  • swavka - 2012-01-05 07:01

    Isn't it a pity that the ANC can't run or organize a country as well as they do a party. Amazing how much effort goes into this party - can you imagine if they put in half of that effort into Parliament and running this country.

  • John - 2012-01-05 07:29

    All the good examples of democracy in Africa..... All the thriving and economically successful States of Africa... Welcome to the South.... We're about to join you and your success.

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-05 08:01

    An animal sacrice at the Wesleyen Church? John Wesley must be turning in his grave.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-05 10:49

      What is a sacrice?

      Burtfred - 2012-01-05 14:36

      Oops, that should be Sacrifice.

  • Deon - 2012-01-05 08:06

    The heading should state "46 African Heads of state flocking to ANC bash".

  • spookhuis - 2012-01-05 08:16

    I wonder if they are going to take their own advise and have it an alcohol free event....some how I doubt.

  • Lwads - 2012-01-05 08:59

    @#$% ANC, honestly... They're just wasting tax payers money

      Charles - 2012-01-05 13:05

      This is why the young members of the ANCYL are so militant in their support of Julius. To silence idiots like you.

  • Mike - 2012-01-05 11:56

    Heads of state? More like a dictator and tyrant gathering... Is North Korea's new leader also coming? I wonder how Bob will arrive here as if he flies in Air Zimbabwe's jet it will be impounded at the airport...

  • Nokwanda - 2012-01-05 15:08

    This is where taxpayers money is going to

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