ANC celebrations 'expensive drug' - UPM

2012-01-08 22:37

Johannesburg - The ANC's centenary celebrations were a hugely expensive spectacle designed to drug people against their own oppression and disempowerment, the Unemployed People's Movement said on Sunday.

"The celebrations are being used to persuade the people that a movement that has betrayed the people is our government," UPM chairperson Ayanda Kota said in a statement.

"Since 1994 there hasn’t been a reorganisation of the economy. The commanding heights of the economy continue to reside in the hands of a tiny elite... Unemployment is skyrocketing. Most young people have never worked."

If things were getting better, even if they were getting better slowly, people might be willing to be patient, said Kota.

  • Alva - 2012-01-08 23:02

    This just about sums it up. "The leaders will now enjoy the champagne, and of course they do so on your behalf through their lips," Motlanthe said.

      John - 2012-01-08 23:29

      Power To The People! Not to the Party! Down with the ANC! Power To The People! Not to the Party! Down with the Communist Party!

      Boer - 2012-01-09 00:18

      Ja instead of feeding the poor in ASGATLAAGTE South-Africa they will drink expensive champagne. Typical dumb mentality.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-09 08:30

      My goodness John, you wrote a new rant. Well done. Thank you for keeping it short this time. I'm sure we'll see it on every article for the next month.

      Juan - 2012-01-09 10:22

      That will go down in history as a classic hahahaha

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-09 12:18

      You see, there is no subsititute for education. This man is clearly intelligent. What a breath of fresh air.

  • Obie - 2012-01-08 23:11

    the struggle against apartheid and now to run the country. its just struggle struggle struggle find people who are competant and can actually do things without greed. unfortunatly hats what humans are about.. greed.. its time for change on a worldly scale

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-09 06:20

      Nie net die ANC nie. Alle gratige varke wat in die wereld is.

  • Callie Steijn - 2012-01-09 01:51

    The increasingly vocal disapproval of the ANC's wayward ways is refreshing.

  • Eduard - 2012-01-09 03:01

    i give up

  • Grant - 2012-01-09 05:04

    "The celebrations are being used to persuade the people that a movement that has betrayed the people is our government," Like it or not, the ANC is the government - you peasants have been voting for them for the last 18 years. A few years ago Zuma promised that hundreds of thousands of jobs were going to be created each year. Your not suggesting that the honest fellow lied to us???

      Kala - 2012-01-09 13:00

      Ah But that is not all. He has further promised (just prior to elections) the a further 5 million jobs will be created. Sure big cheese, we beleive you.

  • Sanet Oelofse - 2012-01-09 07:27

    How will "reorganizing" the economy assist with unemployment? Do they think that when handing over the mines, banks and other industries they will be employing more people to produce the same output, making the "cake" everyone seems to be referring to a lot smaller very fast or do they think that the general demand will increase with the same population?

      William - 2012-01-09 08:47

      @Sanet: Re-organization does not have to mean nationalization. It could mean the development of training facilities and incubators aimed at developing grass-roots business acumen, entrepreneurship and access to capital, along with mentorship programmes and skills development. The most successful Asian economies all took this route & have done wonders. Unfortunately, in SA, the argument is Nationalize this, nationalize that!! Honestly, we need a little creativity and someone who's not afraid to rool their sleeves up & get the job done!

  • Paulo - 2012-01-09 07:52

    wonder how many universities the ANC has built in the last 100 years?

      Hunter - 2012-01-09 08:25

      Or how many schools its supporters has burned down.

      Blade - 2012-01-09 10:22

      Apartheid government built ten Universities for blacks including Medunsa which is a unique medical university that turned out 200 highly qualified black doctors every year all at state costs, paid for by the white taxpayers. It also trained paramedics and nurses. Since 1970 the budget for black education was raised by about 30% per year every year. More than any other government department. In the period 1955 -1984 the amount of black school students increased 31 times from 35,000 to 1,096 000. 65% of black South African children were at school compared to Egypt 64%, Nigeria 57%, Ghana52%, Tanzania50% and Ethiopia 29%. Amongst the adults of South Africa, 71% could read and write (80% between the ages 12 and 22). Compare this to Kenya 47%, Egypt 38%, Nigeria 34% and Mozambique at 26%. In South Africa, the whites built 15 new classrooms for blacks every working day, every year. At 40 children per class it meant space for an additional 600 black students every day!!!

      Herman - 2012-01-09 10:50

      @ Blade, with all that effort from the white taxpayer it is incredible that no thanks has ever been given to it by the ones hating the whites so much.

      Blade - 2012-01-09 11:02

      @Herman they suffer from a syndrome known as "biting the hand that feeds them".

      Herman - 2012-01-09 11:25

      Blade, yip, but that is what consumers do, they want all and have no integrity to be thankful or to start being productive.....this syndrome is what you call Africa.

      thabela.tendani - 2012-01-09 12:09

      Or how many times did the Basic Education curriculum changed for the worst since 1994?

  • Fenderbender - 2012-01-09 08:01

    Did anyone expect anything else from the anc ?

      Squeegee - 2012-01-09 08:34

      Yes. If ever a liberation movement was handed a country ripe for development, growth, etc. it was the ANC. The first years were promising under Mandela. Since then - one big dissapointment.Kleptocracy on steroids.

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-09 17:02

      It would have been a nice surprise

  • john.ncala - 2012-01-09 08:33

    so true

  • Patrick - 2012-01-09 09:29


  • Sarie - 2012-01-09 11:48

    I honestly fail to understand how so much money can be spent on your own pleasure,while there are so many areas, for example health care, that are really in dire straits. Look at the Steve Biko Hospital, where I have been on on 30 December 2011 and was shocked at the service and the state of the place.

  • Grant - 2012-01-09 11:56

    Does anyone know for sure who paid for this celebration and how much it cost? I read the taxpayer paid and it cost R400 million but this can't be true. If it is there should be a nationwide uproar.

      DavidHFox - 2012-01-11 11:31

      Grant: my thoughts exactly! I am also concerned that the cost was INCREDIBLY high - and yet try looking for info - very few articles, and no outcry. "The hotel group contracted to equip the houses, which had been rented for up to R50 000 per day, allegedly did not do its job properly." - whaaaaaaaat!!?? 50 000 ? (

  • thabela.tendani - 2012-01-09 12:06

    ANC-100 years long do we have to be held hostage in Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality because ANC is the liberation movement?

  • tacod - 2012-01-09 13:55

    If you viewed the ANC documentaries this week before the celebrations, then you would see that they did very little to mention the other parties involved in the 'liberation" of South Africa's people. Most of the documentaries was about the "white" regimes oppression of the masses. Yet they did not mention how they killed some of their own supporters, the fact that they misled the world in thinking that the ANC is the ultimate solution for South Africa. They also did not mention that without the support of Cosatu, they (The ANC) would only be an opposition party in the government. The ANC would not acknowledge that they are stealing from the very people that they liberated. Yet, the ANC make promises every election that things will improve for their supporters, yet, the unemployment rate has increased dramatically over the past 18 years, the education standard has gone down, universities had to lower their entry requirements to admit more black students that otherwise would not have qualified for university, the requirements to represent the public in government has gone down, the spending of government has gone up, the tax base has decreased, and on I can go. Why can the people of South Africa not open their eyes and realize they are being lied to on an ongoing basis by those hungry for more power.

  • Raul - 2012-01-09 14:21

    Well, this is the way.Keep people in the dark uninformed and in need of food, employmment,housing water and lights in other words, dependent. Give them grants and you will control them and they will always vote for you. Why to create jobs with a decent income? Why to create a sustainable education and health systems? When people start become more independent they might also start asking for change...

  • Utopian - 2012-01-09 14:48

    Hundreds of millions of precious taxpayer and SABC rands down the drain of selfishness. SABC2's ANC ads are both inaccurate and illegal. They advertise a politial party without saying so.

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