Unclear if Mandela will be at ANC party

2012-01-04 21:17

Bloemfontein - There is no indication whether former ANC President Nelson Mandela would attend the party’s centenary celebrations this coming weekend, ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete said on Wednesday.

“We continue to hope,” Mbete told journalists, adding that the party was in contact with the Mandela family.

Mbete said a total of 46 sitting heads of state had confirmed their attendance for the event.

Former heads of state who confirmed were President Jerry Rawlings from Ghana, former Namibian president Sam Nujoma, former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and former Mozambique President Joachim Chissano.

Mbete said confirmation was also received from 80 fraternal parties such as the MPLA, Swapo, Frelimo, PAIGC, the Norwegian Labour Party, Communist Party of Cuba, the German Social Democratic Party and the National Congress of India.

Some 50 participants from anti-apartheid movements from all over the world, including the families of prominent figures such as the late Father Trevor Huddleston and many well-known persons such as the Reverend Jesse Jackson would attend.

Mbete said the list of dignitaries was changing all the time and it would only be known by Friday. She said the importance of the centenary celebration was evident in the international interest it had generated.

Locally most South African opposition parties will attend Sunday’s event.

This includes the IFP, Cope, APC, UDM and the DA.

Nine recognised kings will attend as well as many traditional healer organisations, and religious and traditional leaders.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and representatives of the National Interfaith Council of SA (Nicsa), which includes major faith-based organisations, such as the SACC and AACC, would be in Mangaung.

The ANC said it was unfortunate that African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe had decided not to honour the centenary celebrations.

Meshoe has rebuked the ANC for dedicating South Africa to the ancestors and spirits of the dead, mostly dead ANC leaders.

ANC chaplain-general Reverend Vukile Mehana said Meshoe forgot that the ANC was a formation of many social forces, including interfaith and ecumenical formations with different beliefs, cultures and theologies.

“The character and policy of the ANC includes recognition, respect, and tolerance of all such religions and faith-based formations including African religion on a fair and equal basis.”

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga, organiser of the centenary’s cultural events, said Meshoe was a drop in the ocean. He said Christians also remembered those that had passed on.

He said African beliefs had regained its status in South Africa and the inter-faith basis of the ANC should be respected.

Mbete also indicated that the centenary celebrations were not about worshipping ancestors.

She said the ANC would venerate the spirit of those who were part of its history in accordance with African theology principles, which the ANC fully embraced and promoted.

  • Donny Doncaster - 2012-01-04 21:36

    ..i'm also not going.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-01-04 22:09

      ...Sad coz no one cares to tell us that one @Lancaster

      Beetroot - 2012-01-05 08:29

      I also would not want to hang out with a bunch of fat freeloaders. Besides I wont go to a function that does not need knives and forks!

  • Irene - 2012-01-04 21:40

    I wouldn't lower myself to go even if I was invited. Party with this bunch of evil scum? No, sorry I have better morals and principals. Actually, it's also called class and class is one thing that will sure not be evident at this chimp out.

      NeoAcheron - 2012-01-04 22:22

      @makatika Go troll at the party you moron.

  • Jacques - 2012-01-04 22:18

    It's not a matter of can he make it because of health, but will he decide to go. A global icon of democracy partying with a bunch of extremist Marxists? I think not!

  • Jason Morgan - 2012-01-04 22:24

    Please MADIBA don't go this ANC government are using your name to deceive the poor and ordinary people. Would TATA really want to go and share a stage or brush shoulders with the likes of DICTATOR ROBERT MUGABE. No you're very posh and clean for that just stay in the eastern cape and let mama graca to give you some TLC I know that you're no longer capable to do what an 75 year old grandpa can do to his wife aka grandma but I'm sure you can still manage to kiss you don't need to use any energy for that. Just stay home and enjoy your time with mama graca and concentrate on your health as well And let the thieves,crooks,murders and criminals who are stealing for the poor to party together. Personally I don't have problem with the movement I just don't like the people who are using it to deceive and steal for the less privileged people while claiming to be helping them.

  • comurray - 2012-01-05 08:12

    I really don't think that Nelson Mandela would lower himself to be seen associating with that corrupt lot who buggered up everything he stood for.

  • Dudley - 2012-01-05 09:45

    I certainly hope he can attend for some enlightenment ...irrespective please enquire about the financing of this party to enlighten yourself as to how your Liberation party has become so liberal with the wasting of taxpayers money - do the sums to see how many could have being housed with this parteeeee money

  • JBruce.Howard - 2012-01-05 15:32

    "Christians also remembered those that had passed on" Yes we do, but we dont worship and fear them.

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