ANC celebrations tinged by disappointment

2012-01-06 08:04

Johannesburg - Against all odds, the party of Nelson Mandela has transformed a nation where just 20 years ago black South Africans could not vote, and beaches and restaurants were reserved for whites only.

The venerated party once banned for decades under apartheid has won every national election since white rule ended in 1994, and President Jacob Zuma has vowed the party "will rule until Jesus comes".

Yet as the African National Congress marks its 100th anniversary this weekend with fanfare and dozens of visiting presidents, critics say the ANC has failed to unchain an impoverished majority still shackled by a white-dominated economy.

Unemployment hovers around 36% and soars to 70% among young people. Half the country's population lives on just 8% of the national income, according to the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Weaknesses and failures

Political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi praises the ANC for developmental achievements "unprecedented anywhere in the world" in its 17 years of governing the country.

But he noted that many at the ANC festivities will have their joy marred by "a tinge of disappointment and even sadness" about weaknesses and failures.

The ANC's reputation is being tarnished by a never-ending deluge of corruption scandals, some involving politicians who sacrificed during the fight against apartheid and now feel entitled to luxury cars and financial payback.

It's created disillusionment, especially for those who volunteered to serve as freedom fighters at a time when many of the ANC's leaders were imprisoned for their activism.

Serame Mogale, who was only 14 when he became a guerrilla fighter for the ANC, recalled that the slogan in one Angolan training camp was "the pace of the slowest".

"We would run six hours nonstop with female comrades in front, from whom the whole company or platoon will take the pace," he recalls. "But today, the weakest is overtaken and left behind to tire and die."


Africa's oldest liberation movement is kicking off the festivities with a golf tournament - an event critics say shows how the grassroots-based movement has morphed into an elitist-run political party.

More than 100 000 people are expected for the ANC centenary festivities, including 46 heads of state and a dozen former presidents, the party says. Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu is coming, though it's unclear whether Mandela will make an appearance.

The 93-year-old icon's public appearances have become increasingly rare, though he did attend the closing ceremony of the Soccer World Cup in 2010. He also made a surprise appearance at a campaign rally ahead of the 2009 election, when the ANC faced unprecedented competition from a breakaway party.

"I would be nothing without the ANC," Mandela said at a 2008 party rally marking his 90th birthday.

The political party representing the impoverished majority already has drawn criticism for spending R10m of public money to buy the church where it all began.

The Wesleyan church is the focus of this weekend's centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein. It was here that black activists and intellectuals founded the liberation movement that would help lead the decades-long struggle against racist rule.

A turning point in the struggle came in 1960 when police turned their guns on about 300 people peacefully protesting "pass laws" restricting them to certain areas and requiring them to leave white areas where they worked by nightfall.

Anti-apartheid movement

At least 69 people were killed and scores wounded in the Sharpeville massacre. The unprovoked slaughter attracted international condemnation that formed the roots of the global anti-apartheid movement.

The government declared a state of emergency and banned South Africa's two liberation movements - the Pan Africanist Congress, which had organised the Sharpeville protest, and the ANC.

ANC leaders declared there was no longer any space to organise nonviolent resistance and formed Umkhonto we Sizwe, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation," an army that would wage a guerrilla war for liberation.

"The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices: submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit, but we shall fight back by all our means within our power for the liberation of our motherland," said the guerrilla army manifesto.

After Mandela's 1990 release from prison, he was elected president of ANC and went on to become South Africa's first black president after the historic 1994 election.

While the ANC confronted a common enemy in apartheid, it became a catchall for people of many different ideological persuasions. Once the enemy was defeated, it is not surprising that differences have arisen.

"We would like to think it (the ANC) has teething problems, but it's not really only teething problems," said Amina Cachalia, a political activist who joined the ANC in the 1940s. "I think suddenly it's become a different platform for different ideologies and for different people with different agendas, and that's a pity, a great pity."


The party also has struggled to find a leader as charismatic as the beloved anti-apartheid icon.

Thabo Mbeki, the president who succeeded Mandela, was unceremoniously booted out of office by an ANC congress that deemed him too cerebral and out of touch with the people.

Today the ANC is led by Zuma, a guerrilla fighter who was imprisoned at Robben Island alongside Mandela but whose polygamous lifestyle and extramarital affairs have scandalised South Africans.

Zuma's leadership is being challenged by Julius Malema, the very same fiery youth leader credited with ousting Mbeki and helping bring Zuma to power in 2007. Late last year, an ANC disciplinary committee fired Malema and suspended him from the party for five years.

Malema, who is awaiting the result of an appeal and is under police investigation for corruption and tax evasion, has been denied the opportunity to address the centenary celebrants. But he will speak at smaller rallies near Bloemfontein, the party said of the young firebrand who draws support from young adults.


Sifiso Mkwanazi, a 26-year-old self-employed businessman, complains about the government's lack of investment to create jobs and better education opportunities.

"For the generation of my parents, I think it (the ANC) has done a lot, but with our generation, I don't think they are contributing as much as they should be," he says.

Still, he said his vote would go to the ANC unless a viable opposition party devoted to the people's interest springs up.

Cachalia, who has been a friend of Mandela for 60 years, says she wonders what he would make of the ANC's evolution.

"I sometimes feel very disillusioned these days, but I suppose we live in hope," she says.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-06 08:12

    ANC cant orgonize themselves out of a wet paper bag. R500 Million waste of tax payers money. .... the comedy, circus begins!!

      Kacee - 2012-01-06 08:30

      Money Changes people :(

      CdeSganja - 2012-01-06 08:34

      Anc win Anc lead.My Anc my Vision.

      Comrade - 2012-01-06 08:43

      Cde Sganja, your vote isnt a football game. ANC losers - ANC leading corruption - ANC zero vision.

      CdeSganja - 2012-01-06 08:57

      Comrade Anc got a vision only few individuals that make it to look as if its corrupt.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-06 09:01

      Jesus is coming!!!

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-06 09:03

      The ANC coming into power in 1994 is like someone winning the lotto. They are suddenly a millionaire but their mindset is still in poverty. How many times have we seen that someone winning the lotto end up bankrupt a few short years thereafter. The ANC won the lotto and bankruptcy is knocking on their door now!

      Stuart - 2012-01-06 09:07

      @CdeSganja - Only vision the ANC has is how to steal more money from the poor. It is corrupt to its roots - even the youth league are trying to get on the gravy train?? What is that about? Take your head out and see the festering rot.

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-06 09:08

      @CdeGanga - It seems there are a lot of those individuals then. They are obviously in the majority.

      Daniel - 2012-01-06 09:17

      Considering the state of our country and its citizens, the ANC should be embarrased spending this amount of money on celebating 100 years of existence !!

      Bardy - 2012-01-06 09:38

      ********************* Just a thought! ********************************** If you guys have a look at the history of all ANC articles being commented on, I would say about 75% of all comments are negative towards the ANC. Being it black, white, indian or coloured people. If only the whole nation were as informed as the News24 readers are about the ANC we would have an instant government change in the next elections. I think it's time we as the informed start informing the uneducated so that this country can stand up and be the country it once was!

      henrileriche - 2012-01-06 09:58

      This celebration is "marketed" as the history of South Africa. It is not. The history of SOuth Africa is diverse and very interesting. The history of the ANC, including this "celebration" makes up only a small part of the history of South Africa. I cannot be a proud South African, if i am not allowed to be proud Afrikaner. I am an Afrikaner. I long for the day i will be proud again to be a South African. Also maybe the day Jesus arrived. The ANC made me feel ashamed of being South African. I feel sorry for those who feel it's something to be proud of.

      Msholozi - 2012-01-06 10:27

      R500 Million is used for helping the country it is the criminals in sandton that spread these lies

      Bloody-Agent - 2012-01-06 10:34

      Hahaha a golf tournament?? More like a Gwarra-Gwarra tournament!

      theO rAcLe - 2012-01-06 10:35


      Tgif - 2012-01-06 11:37

      100 Years old now ,it's time to F O an die !!!!!!

      lynch - 2012-01-06 13:02

      @Bardy the problem is news24 readers are anti-anc and being anti-anc does not mean being informed. haters!!!!

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-06 08:14

    O how the mighty have fallen. Disappointment is too weak a word. We are disgusted by the corruption.

      Ian - 2012-01-06 08:18

      mighty, what mighty, they have mannaged to stay in power due to lies, false promises and rigged elections, oh and of course t shirts and food parcels

      Squeegee - 2012-01-06 08:33

      Ian. When viewed impartially - and most of the world is in agreement, when the ANC started there were some good men seeking answers to an immoral situation. Look at a man like Lethuli. The contrast with what you see today is incredible. What we have is a hundredfold worse than what it replaced.

      Cassandra - 2012-01-06 13:52

      I agree with you Squeegee if the ANC were today what they were when they were fighting for the right reasons they would have my vote. Pity

  • Thando - 2012-01-06 08:14

    Why spend so much on birthday celebrations ? Helping the poor would be a better celebration.

      sandie.vahl - 2012-01-06 08:47


      Power - 2012-01-07 12:43

      The poor think that the money spent come from the rich in terms of taxes. Someone must explain to them even though they are poor, they pay tax which their leaders are wasting instead of helping them who voted for them. Do they understand that if they buy something they pay TAX - It's called VAT !!!!

  • John - 2012-01-06 08:17

    "I sometimes feel very disillusioned these days..." Enough said.....

  • Anthony - 2012-01-06 08:18

    I miss the good old days

      Lloyd - 2012-01-06 08:28

      good for who ?

      Squeegee - 2012-01-06 08:34

      You mean last year when you were 14?

      Daft - 2012-01-06 08:41

      Me too...I miss the days when SA was still a country to be proud it's a country for the corrupt !!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-06 08:51

      Politics/politicians is/are moving/stealing so fast that the good old days can be yesterday as well ;)

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-06 09:04

      In the good old days the police were efficient, the military powerful,people lived longer, the streets were 100% safe to walk on, the neighbourhoods were protected by law & order and not security companies, cash in transit robberies were non existent, murderers were hanged, service delivery was spot on, we never ran out of fuel, schools guaranteed you a first class education and politicians may have been warped in their policy of segregation but at least they were highly educated and intelligent and used words in their speeches that did not appear to have been written by a patient from a mental asylum.

      Daft - 2012-01-06 09:09

      Darrel after reading u'r one brain cell comments....I think we must bring back the "dompass" rule again !!

      Flowingriver - 2012-01-06 09:11

      @darrell.e.hines........Amandla brother Amandla................The ANC will overcome,....its all in the pipeline.....If we need ur help we will ask.......its nice to know that we have brothers out there who see our point as well.Long live the black brotherhood!

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-06 09:17

      @darrel please come you use a keyboard to put out your frustration... very very weak and stupid... yo my friend you are a empty can...

      Errol - 2012-01-06 09:19

      @ darrel.e.hines, Google: "ms-ann".

      Anthony - 2012-01-06 09:31

      Good morning darrell did superman piss in your food or what calm down man your going to have a heartattack how,s the cotten picking doing?

      Mike - 2012-01-06 09:39

      @ Darrel E. Hines - having a bad day in Ohio?

      Kent - 2012-01-06 09:41

      @darrell.e.hines. You too!!!!!

      Pierre - 2012-01-06 09:49

      For @darrell.e.hines. Judging from your comments you seem rather well balanced. A chip on each shoulder!

      theO rAcLe - 2012-01-06 09:54

      YES Darrel go and google "ms-ann" I will even do it for you because I don't think you are intelligent enough to do that..... just click on the link, just click on the link.....

      Balletjies - 2012-01-06 09:54

      darrell.e.hines, you smell like crap without getting wet!

      davieoosie - 2012-01-06 10:02

      A christian saying he hates white people. Do you hate people or are you a christian? Only one could be the truth!

      Mark - 2012-01-06 10:44

      @darrell....American blacks wouldn't come here....they want to work for their living not use BEE to give them a leg up, they aren't tribal or superstitious as many here and they understand that hard work and education will get them or their children the opportunities they need. There is racism in America....sometimes rampant, but trust me, they would rather live in Detroit or Chicago, than put up with the corruption, mismanagement or lack of jobs here. They can point to the fact that a black American, part of a discriminated and at times heavily abused minority has become the most powerful man in the world. Could the same ever be said to happen in any part of Africa....waiting to see if a white, Indian or Coloured ever becomes President in SA. When that happens, then this country can truly hold the legacy of Madiba up as a beacon to all. Till then, best to keep quiet and have people only think you are foolish!!!

      Ronald - 2012-01-06 10:57

      People, relax. The ranting of Darryl is just the final symptom of the terminal illness he has contracted where the body rejects a malfunctioning brain. Have you seen a person with rabies, foaming about the mouth, wildly jerking eyes and involuntary muscle spasms. Well, this is similar and may be contagious over all race lines, international borders or gender as more posts similar to this is seen on the odd occasion. The antidote is easy; education, rational thinking and tolerance with a good lick of common sense.

      joel.mathope - 2012-01-06 14:43

      U miss apartheid?

  • Karen - 2012-01-06 08:21

    I don't think this will mar the bigwigs celebrations at all. Especially since they can still count on people like Sifiso Mkwanaz.

      Odicito - 2012-01-08 07:02 that was a surprise when he said that...uhm,actually not. This is where my frustration (being the same age as him) comes from. Young people in our generation choosing to hold on to ideas just for the sake of it. Makes the whole potential progress too slow. In my opinion, young people should be the most flexible - voting one party now and the other next should be 'natural' if things dont go as promised or according to ones expectations. But what am I even doing typing here...

  • Nitronic - 2012-01-06 08:26


      Deon - 2012-01-06 08:45

      I agree, let us rather wait for the cricket to start. Go Proteas.

      Nitronic - 2012-01-06 09:09

      Here Here

  • Piet - 2012-01-06 08:27

    That is just the problem! You live in hope of nothing!!!!! The ANC will be the downfall of SA, just watch!

  • Fenderbender - 2012-01-06 08:27

    Celebrating the weak economy, worthless educational system, pathetic police force, disgrace of an army, millions of hungry people. That seems to be the reward from the anc to the people of South Africa, you pay we will party. The opportunities presented to South Africa in the last 17 years, world class sporting events, high levels of foreign interest presented a very unique opportunity for the government to expand and grow the countries resources and value but being ill of mind and stapled into the past their selfish actions resulted in the collapse of our economy, trade and industry - the amount of resources, land, rights owned by foreign countries transformed South Africa into a world class whore for countries interested in only harvesting and very little sowing. So happy centenary for removing the hope for a chance of a better life for so many citizens.

  • Larry - 2012-01-06 08:28

    "Tinged by Disappointment" is a tad understated.

  • Mike - 2012-01-06 08:32

    If there is not a turn around in the current "leader"ship of the ANC I am afraid to say that this will be the last major celebration. As people are slowly but surely waking up to the continuous abuse of power and the raping of state funds. As much as the ANC under Mandela and Tambo ensured that apartheid ended; the ANC of Zuma, Mbeki and Motlanthe have failed the greater part of the citizens of this country. Empty promises, corruption and nepotism and the failure to serve all South Africans are a BIG parasite that will eventually destroy the ANC. And for those ANC who follow the ANC blindly - R 4.400.000.000 has been wasted and lost until December 31 - add the R 650.000.000 for ex-councilors and a self celebration birth day bash we are now at R - during the Zuma administration alone! A frightening number in a country where people go to bed hungry and starving.

  • Hermann - 2012-01-06 08:32

    I wonder where the journalist got the information that blacks were "forced" to work on farms and in the mines. Guess Michelle Faul will reply by saying reliable sources she may not identify. These new liberal apologetic journalists re-writing history are a pain in the butt.

      Tc - 2012-01-06 09:07

      The author, Faul, is a fool!

      Nick - 2012-01-06 09:15

      I agree, they worked on the mines and farms as they wished. In fact, it was a 'sought after' job to be accepted by the mines !!

      Fenderbender - 2012-01-06 09:26

      The author is low order and were publish for one reason only, sympathy for mediocrity . The, I am black and I was manhandled, excuse is a losers way of objecting defeat, IF you are strong and IF you are capable, then race and history does not matter. YOU run the country, YOU spend the budget, YOU decide - NOT the 'vrot' nats and the 400 years of claimed oppression. Wake the F@ck up

      Mike - 2012-01-06 10:20

      I wonder where the journalist got the information that blacks were "forced" to work on farms and in the mines. WHERE IS THIS IN THE TEXT?

      Hermann - 2012-01-06 10:50

      At 10H50 I came to check up on reactions to the news item. Lo and behold it seems that there has been some editorial censorship that was effected since I read the item at 08H30 this morning.

      Onke Dali - 2012-01-08 17:16

      @Nick: "sought after" you know crack messes up your brain right? First of all your kind made sure that the only job a black man could get was as a miner, how that translates to sought after can only be explained by that you when wrote this nonsense you were higher than Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown put together!!

  • Jason - 2012-01-06 08:32

    20 Mil for the Church, another 250 Mil for the party, that us working citizens must fork out, yet the poor and hungry get... Yes thats right f*ck all - come next elections ANC will be voted for again, I dont understand the mentality!!

      sandie.vahl - 2012-01-06 08:49

      Agree with you! We get the leaders we want. The ANC hold power and do what they do because the majority of the people support them.

      Tc - 2012-01-06 09:15

      Jason, do not get upset. The wheel is turning against the Plundering ANC. I have discovered the joy of diverting my monthly support and contributions to only those charities where I know that the ANC-plunderes are kept far away. They do exist. It pleases me. It makes me feel liberated. As for the rest - let them march on Lethuli house!

      theO rAcLe - 2012-01-06 10:00

      What mentality

  • Ian - 2012-01-06 08:36

    Mr Mandela, with all due respect, it is the ANC who are nothing without YOU. It is your own personal courage and willingness to forgive that allowed the country as a whole to move beyond apartheid. If only there were more people of your calibre amongst us. Respect where respect is earned and deserved. The ANC today is a fallacy and a joke to the ideals of it's past. A sad, sad day in Africa.

      Tc - 2012-01-06 09:08

      The ANC is an INSULT to Mandela!

  • Johnnie - 2012-01-06 08:39

    The ANC must learn how to be a party that is there for the country, and not for Luthuli House. They must stop being a party for their pockets.

  • chris.kanyane - 2012-01-06 08:42

    This is a great article about the barbaric behaviour of modern ANC

  • sandie.vahl - 2012-01-06 08:46

    If only the ANC had use this anniversary as and opportunity to leave apartheid and victim-hood in the past and commit itself to the noble goals of serving the basic rights to food and shelter and the best education as a path to upliftment for all, and to commit itself to stop wasting money on self enrichment and propping up egos. With apologies I say that I also wish that the ANC would make sure that jobs go to South Africans and not immigrants. Why are the vast majority of workers in restaurants immigrants and not South Africans? Don't young South Africans want these jobs? Are they too badly educated to do these jobs? Maybe the only way we can address the issues and provide more employment for South Africans is to force employers to hire South Africans?

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-06 09:28

      @ sandie: With saying this I stand to be looked down apon but this is my findings...I have two parties that are assiting me at my house one a tanzanian guy and the other two south african's. I have encountered through work and in the renovations that the immigrants just work harder. You pay them for a day and they work hard for the days money. Whilst I see one chap merrilly sitting or lounging at times from the corner of my window the foreign national is contributing a whack more than his counterparts. This is a generalisation, with my experience that is why they have the jobs over our South african brothers perhaps because they dont feel entitled.The foreigners I have had a pleasure of working with - work to the bone for their wage and it seems as if the South africans in my employment are not phased hence the jobs to forigners.

      Malcolm - 2012-01-06 09:54

      Forcing employers to hire incompetents (or in fact forcing them to do anything they don't want) is a sure fire way them cause us to flee the country leaving even more unemployment behind. Rather make it so that South Africans are actually desirable to employ - (1) Educate them properly. (2) Find a way to get rid of entitlement/attitude/laziness problems. This attitude of forcing people to do things they shouldn't have to is part of the problem not the solution.

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-06 08:51

    Funnily enough I commented on this on the mandela family debarcle....Know the question was posed the other day on news24 what is Mandela's legacy...first I thought crime, corruption etc. Mulling it over in my head over the past couple days it is not fair to say Mandela's legacy is that of crime , rape etc. He steered the country along with De clerk when we needed leaders the most and assisted in implementing the 'rainbow nation'. With the new age Anc it is all about who's wallet is bigger - self gratifying d00ses who give less than a stuff about there followers -- keeping the masses under informed is there plan to keep the vote. My question is the man who bought us into the world lime light for abolishing aparteid why has he kept quiet? Surely this was not the master plan?!? He talks the world listens - I am dissapointed that not even a murmur has been heard from his corner.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-06 08:55

    I'd like to wish the ANC well on their hundredth anniversary of trying to become honest.

  • Snoopsy - 2012-01-06 08:57

    The working class who are paying for this fesitval, themselves can't even make ends meat some months. But these FAT CATS feel they have to right to indulge themselves instead of serving the people who put them in power. The ANC is a disgrace to our Country, we would achieve so much more without them. The ANC does not care about starving Kids, impovriched house holds, children not going to school because their parent cant afford it. They dont care that schools & Hospitals are dilapidated, that there is not houses for the people living in shacks, or no electrisity / fresh running water. But you will continue to vote for them, just because you get a food parcel & t-shirt every 4 years!

      Bozie - 2012-01-06 10:18

      Snoopsy, I think our salvation lies within ourselves and not what the government can do for us. A News24 user, goyougoodthing wrote an excellent article a few days ago about this subject. The ANC has brought us freedom, they didn't bring us all a Mercedes Benz and a house in Sandton, but they did bring us freedom. Well freedom if you are black, because the whites were excluded from their freedom in the sense that the white youth has no future here. But let us for a minute assume the reality was in fact freedom for all, then it is up to every individual to see that they already have economic freedom. The ANC had nothing to do with what I own today or where I'm taking my career. In a few hours I will be flying to New York for a seminar on how to improve my skills within my workplace. The ANC is NOT prohibiting me to take myself forward. For the sake of this conversation let us forget for a moment that they are stealing my tax money. The fact of the matter is they not holding me back to make the most of myself. And that I appreciate, if it ends up as the only thing I appreciate of the ANC. Too many people here base EVERYTHING that happens in their lives, good or bad, on the ANC and what it does daily to the governance of this country, and too few people take their own lives into their own hands and create their own futures.

      Ian - 2012-01-06 12:41

      @Bozie - You can't seriously believe that single notion of yours (albeit a very good and valid point) is strong enough to entitle them to stealing and corruption?? Black Economic Empowerment is UNDERSTANDABLE given the Apartheid legacy but BLATANT CORRUPTION and ABUSE OF POWER is NEVER ALLOWABLE. Its almost 18 Years now since the '94 Elections and thins that started out positive are turning more negative and sour at an ever increasing pace based primarily on the incompetence and corruption of the ruling party (I still think a party is there to LEAD and not rule) SO Bozie, continue and improve yourself through DEDICATION, HARD WORK and HONESTY, - as most educated people try and do - but please bear in mind that the ANC are not promoting those values that you thank them for. It might have been true of the ANC in the past, but it no longer holds under scrutiny.

      Bozie - 2012-01-06 13:49

      No no no Ian. They are not entitled to ANYTHING they stand for today. I was merely saying that people should stop this culture of a government, any government for that matter, being responsible for their own circumstances. When I was a student I washed cars at a shopping centre earning R30 per car over weekends, multiply that with 12 cars on a Saturday and Sunday and you will see as a student I was earning R2880 on average a month. Imagine if you get off your backside and go wash 12 cars a day for 30 days, you end up with R10,000 a month. The unscrupulous mayors are selling RDP houses to foreigners at R1500. Given these numbers I have just calculated, do you think I feel sympathy for those still in tin shacks? If you can go earn R10,000 then why are you still in a tin shack crying about economic freedom? Go work and pay the unscrupulous mayor the R1500 and get on with your life. But the ANC made it possible for me to be able to go out there in he workplace and apply my knowledge. Their struggle did give me that freedom, but it also took away that freedom from many whites and that is why I don't vote for them. They said again in a TV ad last night they stand for equal rights for ALL South Africans, and that is one of the many lies they base their governance on.

  • DiamondDirk - 2012-01-06 08:58

    The writer is incorrect but also correct when she says that the ANC had only Apartheid as the common enemy. Incorrect because the other common enemy/friend is riches. Correct because everyone wants to make it for themselves. The ANC of old made the mistake to think that all members will live in harmony when the battle is won. Now they found out that self preservation is much stronger than helping the fellow man.

      Bozie - 2012-01-06 09:47

      The big problem for the ANC is that there are two schools of thought emerging amongst us. Firstly there are the older people that will only vote ANC because they never want to go back to white rule. So for many the DA stands for just that because Mrs. Zille is to an extent also fond of the power she holds within her party. Thus no matter how corrupt the ANC might be, it is still a better option than the oppression they remember. Then there are two divisions amongst us younger people. The majority follow Malama because he too, like the ANC of old, is promising stuff that will come free. He represents a new invigorated alternative of the old ideology, which is failing now. His problem is that the older members of the ANC see him as obnoxious. Then the last group of us, equally as obnoxious as Malema, are rooting for a modern democracy. We want South Africa to evolve in a first world country. This is just a dream we are fighting for. The harsh reality for all of us fighting for different issues, is that the Chinese are infiltrating us at such an alarming rate, that 5 years from now, there will be nothing left to fight for. Not for whites, not for conservative blacks and not for us liberated young youth.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-06 09:01

    you say ANC i say GTFO!

  • Jan Theophilus Zanele Mahlangu - 2012-01-06 09:02

    yes anc is celebrating 100th years,but we still suffer alot,some of townships in our surrounding area progessing,but township that contributed a lot to whats liberation still under development.Duduza poor Duduza, leaders when you come with something construtive they supressed you,our youth of all people suffer alot,coz the is no youth centre,sport facility and information centre.when you start rising concerns they shut you up,so when is our libaration then

      Tc - 2012-01-06 09:10

      If you believed their lies, and gave them your vote - then you get what you voed for - lies. Heh-heh!

  • Johan - 2012-01-06 09:18

    While the "majority" keeps on having so many kids, the economy will never be able to catch up and "help" them. You made your own bed (and 6 kids in it), now lay in it.

      theO rAcLe - 2012-01-06 10:32

      Animals do not count how many offspring they have, what does that tell you.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-06 09:19

    Having a party, whilst the masses live in abject poverty!

  • Malcolm - 2012-01-06 09:27

    "the pace of the slowest" - Oh boy, slogans like that explain a lot.. Mediocrity from the top down.

  • Fanie - 2012-01-06 09:28

    Forget the hope, start praying!! We will pray for ANC's downfall - Tutu 2011-10-04 21:04 Cape Town - South Africans will pray for the downfall of the ANC like they did with the apartheid government, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said in Cape Town on Tuesday, during a news briefing on the government's failure to grant the Dalai Lama a visa. The Dalai Lama was invited to attend the birthday celebrations of Tutu, a friend and fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner. Tutu, often described as the country's conscience, shouted: "We will pray, as we prayed for downfall of [the] apartheid government, we will pray for [the] downfall of a government that misrepresents us."

      Fenderbender - 2012-01-06 09:35

      Tutu is a wolf in sheep's cloths mate, dont be fooled by the cloth. The world has been embarrassed by the cloth before, like the world is flat. What serves them best the rest they can nail to a cross.

  • lafras.moolman - 2012-01-06 09:39

    I Think that we are all quick to complain about the situation in our country but do we really ever do something about it. WE ALL NEED TO VOTE TO MAKE A CHANGE. I hope that those out there who commented and did not vote previously will definitely do so in the future. WE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN MAKE THE CHANGE, sitting back, watching, waiting and hoping that things will change is not the answer.

      MSGRule - 2012-01-06 09:47

      Nice comment for the people here. the voting masses will vote for the cANCer till the tokelossie comes home and tells them different.

  • Robi - 2012-01-06 09:39

    Hence we experience blue lights everywhere in our cities, it is not corresponding with service deliveries. Along the way maximum force is used, but still service delivery on slow motion. Is the ANC lost its path and what is the differrent between ANC and NATS. There were killing of innocent people during the nats era and there are still kiiling of innocent people in the ANC period. There are more protests today than during NATS era. Protests during Nats era was about policy of racial segregation. Protests today about basic needs such as employments, water,roads, electricity, schools and houses. All those were provided by nats, there were no protests about them

  • Mr C - 2012-01-06 09:50

    whats dissapointing is the R500mil spent on festivities in celebrating a party that no longer has ANY bearing on what it stood for a few years back while YOU CANT EVEN PAY YOUR TEACHERS! Nice that parties are more important that education... but go ahead, celebrate your selective fews' freedom while the masses are still fighting for survival! Bunch of confused, ignorant, chip on the shoulder has beens!

  • Robi - 2012-01-06 09:51

    In ANC ERA Country road take me to places in South Africa Gauteng province? NO! my cars will be hijacked and banks robbed Limpopo? No! pastors will rape my daughters Mpumalanga? No! there are more political assasinations there Western Cape? No! gangsters will mistaken me for drug lord Eastern cape? No! my daughter will be forced to marry older men North West? NO! there are more farms violence there Free state? NO! police kills innocent people there Kwazulu NaTAL? NO! Police squad kills suspects before appearing in courts No! there is insufficient disaster management team Northen Cape? No! I do not want to live in orania Anywhere? No! children(foetus) are aborted before birth Where can I go? take me home country road

  • ruimteseerower - 2012-01-06 09:54

    the african national cheeseburgers ,first the lettuce go snotty then the mayonaise go shower the tamato follows not knowing where it will end up the pure 100% patty get towed away by ants the cheese becomes stiff then of course the two masses of buns ending looking for easter eggs under the rainbow ,a pitty poor cheeseburger ideology once a dream far far away

  • Msholozi - 2012-01-06 09:57

    what disapointment? the anc has achieved more than anybody can we vote for our future dont disrespect

      mbossenger - 2012-01-06 10:11

      "Unemployment hovers around 36% and soars to 70% among young people" - that's the future you're voting for.

  • herman.brummer - 2012-01-06 10:02

    scary Unemployment hovers around 36% and soars to 70% among young people. Half the country's population lives on just 8% of the national income,

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-06 10:04

    I still want to know why the hell us taxpayers are fronting the bill? we pay taxes for services/security/hospitals/etc. How does this fiasco benefit anybody other than a few elites who are actually attending to eat more food in a few days than most south afican families will realistically see in a month?

      standuhar - 2012-01-06 10:56

      When will the taxpayers decide to protest? Withhold tax / VAT payments and returns for 3 months and see what happens.

  • Pierre - 2012-01-06 10:16

    The headline is a bit misleading. The ANC is a disappointment even for a pessimist. They cannot even remember how and when the party was started. Obviously ol' Johnny Blue has been around for ages. And the statement that the ANC will be in charge "till Jesus comes" shows that Shower Head might just hand, (Thanks David Bullard for this one), the reins over to the Son of God as the ANC has cocked up miserably on running South Africa.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-06 10:17

    @ Fenderbender, at least Tutu is vocal unlike others who are trapped in the spiral of silence in fear of isolation. Can you justify your point of him being a 'wolf in the ship clothe'. That is an insult to a lone voice that raises what you and me cannot raise except here on the blog. Tutu would have retired to his villa and never utter a word about politics. Is it his colour that makes you think he is what you have just said? There is a challenge and most our whites countrymen still think all blacks are suffering from herd behaviour syndrone and blacks still think all whites are racists. Not all whites liked apartheid SA and not all blacks like 'democratic' SA. If we don't lift the curtain of misunderstanding now we will mingle as a sign of desperation and it would be too late.

      Mark - 2012-01-06 10:55

      Well said Tshivhombela....since moving to SA ( yes...some might think I was off my trolley for leaving a first world country to come here), I have met people from all walks of life, of all colours and backgrounds. Whites do a disservice to their countrymen when they generalize all as corrupt, lazy, inept etc., as blacks who believe all whites avidly supported Apartheid, enjoyed and still enjoy untold benefits from the past, despise all blacks and the entire ANC and live a lifestle worthy of Donald Trump. It is the everyday South African, who strives to make a better living for themselves and their families, who want good and efficient government, proper services and a measure of safety in all areas, not just Sandton, or Camps Bay. Where are the leaders who seek to unite the country rather than divide? They are the future and they must be found, nutured and supported, no matter what race, religion, economic background etc. They will know how to lead...all we need do is support and hold them accountable, the rest will follow.

  • Garhul - 2012-01-06 10:23

    "Pace of the slowest" they certainly have retained that...

  • Jason - 2012-01-06 10:24

    Viva African National Party VIVA !!!!!!!!

      Peter - 2012-01-06 12:22

      VIVA WHAT ???????///////////

      Piet - 2012-01-06 17:16

      Like screaming , VIVA poverty, viva corruption, viva crime... Blind followers = ZIMBABWE.

  • Sabelo - 2012-01-06 10:37

    It is quite important that we do not suspend critical thinking at the mere face of Mandela pictire and /or dancing and singing of Zuma.The focus should always be on ecomically the excluded Black Majority.Lest we of forget what liberation was all about.

  • Amanda - 2012-01-06 10:51

    I wonder in how short a time did all the heads of state got their visas!!

      Ian - 2012-01-06 12:47

      I suppose the Dalai Lama wasn't invited.

  • Winston - 2012-01-06 10:56

    jacob zuma has no authority and holds no power when ruling with such arrogance to think that he can decide that the anc will rule until JESUS comes but rather it's "JESUS THE KING OF KINGS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA THE BEGINING AND THE END" who decides when their time is up. Me thinks their is a very welcomed split within the anc on the horizon which will greatly deminish their power which will mark the begining and the end of their demise. Thank GOD that GOD is always right.

      Peter - 2012-01-06 12:26


  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-06 11:24

    This article further gives credit to ANC as the only messiah of democracy in SA. The struggle against apartheid has been a collective effort of all SA men and women regardless of race i.e. blacks, Coloureds, Indians, Whites and the international community have been there. I will say it again that not all blacks liked the idea of democracy and not all whites liked the idea of apartheid or the other way round. It is only the in post-democratic Malema-Zuma era rhetoric wherein they think they are the proprietors of the masses and democracy. Not taking anything from liberation movements, our democracy unfolded than it was fought for and I know truth hurts. 'Smooth transition' is how I can describe how our democracy was realised. Nelson Mandela never gave credit to an individual or ANC, he gave credit to the masses. The popularity of Nelson Mandela's Treason Trial and ANC Freedom Charter which they are now wildly deviating from made ANC to leap frog other liberation parties in 1994 democratic election. Like apartheid SA, their ability to re-write history, manipulate the media and manipulate state coffers elevate them above other role players like Sobukwe and Biko. Regardless of initially regarded by some optimists as an epitome of African democracy, ANC led government is quickly becoming an extended version of Zimbabwe by the speed of lightning .i.e. press persecution (info bill), nationalisation, land grabs, multi-million anniversaries, corruption, poverty, unemployment, nepotism, luxury homes and cars etc. If all these is what ANC is celebrating then I no longer know the dictionary meaning of celebration. R500 m could educate all who wrote and passed matric last year instead of financing this orgy. It is big time that we should forget our demographics and participate actively in building better SA for our kids.

      Peter - 2012-01-06 12:28


      Mike - 2012-01-06 12:49

      Well said and written Tshivhombela! @ Peter - Please stop generalizing - as there are critics in ALL population groups; and being black does not mean they automatically vote ANC. The ANC "only" got 62% at the last elections - with whites making out 9% of the population; at least 29% of "non" whites did not vote for the ANC (give or take a few % for whites voting ANC, not voting at all etc.)

      godesha - 2012-01-06 13:33

      Very well said Tshivhombela. 100 Thumbs up for you.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-06 11:25

    This article further gives credit to ANC as the only messiah of democracy in SA. The struggle against apartheid has been a collective effort of all SA men and women regardless of race i.e. blacks, Coloureds, Indians, Whites and the international community have been there. I will say it again that not all blacks liked the idea of democracy and not all whites liked the idea of apartheid or the other way round. It is only the in post-democratic Malema-Zuma era rhetoric wherein they think they are the proprietors of the masses and democracy. Not taking anything from liberation movements, our democracy unfolded than it was fought for and I know truth hurts. 'Smooth transition' is how I can describe how our democracy was realised. Nelson Mandela never gave credit to an individual or ANC, he gave credit to the masses. The popularity of Nelson Mandela's Treason Trial and ANC Freedom Charter which they are now wildly deviating from made ANC to leap frog other liberation parties in 1994 democratic election. Like apartheid SA, their ability to re-write history, manipulate the media and manipulate state coffers elevate them above other role players like Sobukwe and Biko. Regardless of initially regarded by some optimists as an epitome of African democracy, ANC led government is quickly becoming an extended version of Zimbabwe by the speed of lightning .i.e. press persecution (info bill), nationalisation, land grabs, multi-million anniversaries, corruption, poverty, unemployment, nepotism, luxury homes and cars etc. If all these is what ANC is celebrating then I no longer know the dictionary meaning of celebration. R500 m could educate all who wrote and passed matric last year instead of financing this orgy. It is big time that we should forget our demographics and participate actively in building better SA for our kids.

  • musabryn.mkhize1 - 2012-01-06 11:30

    viva ANC viva

      Piet - 2012-01-06 17:17

      Like screaming , VIVA poverty, viva corruption, viva crime... Blind followers = ZIMBABWE.

  • musabryn.mkhize1 - 2012-01-06 11:33

    Viva ANC Viva..................

  • musabryn.mkhize1 - 2012-01-06 11:42

    We will continue to vote for the ANC amadla.......

      lafras.moolman - 2012-01-06 11:57

      You clearly don't see the bigger picture.

      Peter - 2012-01-06 12:30


      steve.dupreez - 2012-01-06 12:51


      steve.dupreez - 2012-01-06 12:52


      Piet - 2012-01-06 17:17

      Like screaming , VIVA poverty, viva corruption, viva crime... Blind followers = ZIMBABWE.

  • Sivuyisiwe - 2012-01-06 11:44

    I do concur that the ANC has done quite a bit for the people especially the poor people of South Africa but the corruption, scandals and the attitude of now that i was part of the struggle i deserve to be first in the que for tenders and enrichment is just poisoning the whole beauty of the struggle.Sometimes when the corruption is so blatant i just feel maybe it was better in the past and that is where being disillussioned starts. If they could clean up their act that would be great and stop protecting the criminals within.

      Peter - 2012-01-06 12:32


      Odicito - 2012-01-08 07:25

      Hey Peter, wow, CLEVER old man...uhm, dont think so!

  • musabryn.mkhize1 - 2012-01-06 12:04

    viva ANC Viva

      Piet - 2012-01-06 17:18

      Like screaming , VIVA poverty, viva corruption, viva crime... Blind followers = ZIMBABWE.

  • Peter - 2012-01-06 12:19


      Refilwe IronMan Rakoma - 2012-01-06 13:09

      The 2010 world cup was great. How about the cricket world cup and the rugby. COP 17 and oh if you dont live under a rock you would know that we are chairing the UN security council. Not bad for a bunch of Tree and bush dweller hey.

      Blade - 2012-01-06 13:18

      @Refilwe you forgot highst murder and rape statistics in the world. Staggering theft of public funds by ANC "leaders", over 3000 farmers murdered, a president with 4 wives and 20 offspring, a president with a std3 education, power and water shortages, rampant spread of HIV etc etc...