ANC birthday party to cost R100m

2011-11-08 14:25

Johannesburg - The ANC's centenary birthday celebrations will cost more than R100m, the party said on Tuesday.

"It will not cost less than R100m, it is costly," ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete told reporters in Johannesburg.

"It is not cheap but we believe... it is worth it. Future and younger generations need to know where we come from."

The African National Congress was gathering archives and information about its history from around the world to be housed in one place.

"Some of the work is just priceless," Mbete said.

"Friends" of the ANC were coming forward and helping with funding.

About 120 000 people were expected to attend the main 100 year birthday celebration in Mangaung in the Free State in January next year.

60 days away

"We are now, as of today, 60 days away from the anticipated January 8 celebration to commemorate the birth of the oldest and surviving liberation movement in the continent."

Mbete said the ANC had been preparing for the celebrations for the past two years. The main bash would start on January 6 and go on until January 8 2012.

It would start in Waaihoek, in the Free State, which was the founding place of the ANC 100 years ago, Mbete said.

The weekend would include an interfaith night vigil, an awards ceremony, a traditional cleansing and restoration ceremony, a presidential centennial gala and then the main celebration at the Mangaung rugby stadium.


ANC president Jacob Zuma was expected to deliver the centennial address at the stadium on January 8. Many international guests were also expected to attend.

"[They] will be given the opportunity to speak about their relationship with the ANC," said Mbete.

A number of African heads of state were coming, but Mbete said she could not give any more details.

The centenary celebrations would continue through 2012, celebrating former ANC presidents every month.

"The closure of the centenary programme will be January 8 2013," Mbete said.

*Sapa incorrectly reported that the ANC's main celebration will start in Waaihoek, in the Western Cape. Waaihoek is, in fact, in the Free State.

  • Suzy - 2011-11-08 14:31

    "It is not cheap but we believe... it is worth it. Future and younger generations need to know where we come from." And screw the poor and homeless....they need to know "where we come from" and that we're going nowhere.....'cos we need to waste ridiculous amounts of money on absolute bull**** instead of developing the country. Well done ANC....another commendable achievement under your belt.....NOT!!!!

      ServaasD - 2011-11-08 14:40

      "It will not cost less than R100m, it is costly," ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete told reporters in Johannesburg" How many RDP houses could you clowns build? How could service delivery been sorted?? Seeing that they protest every week. ANC SUPPORTERS: Open your eyes. This is YOUR money they are spending.

      Iwan - 2011-11-08 14:43

      I would say ±2900 houses. Guess the people need to know where the ANC comes from more than a roof over their heads.

      Musa - 2011-11-08 14:44

      You are being counter-revolutionary. We are looking forward to the centenary celebration. It is our ANC which fought and defeated the biggest monster 'apartheid'. Those of you who are still mourning the fall of apartheid will have such negative perceptions regarding our 100th birthday celebrations. What can we say anyway, you benefited from apartheid, pity it will not come back. Forward to celebrating 100 years of the oldest liberation movement in Africa, forward!

      Right - 2011-11-08 14:47

      Ahhh f@ck!...I agree with all of you but I am still going to go enjoy the Johnnie Walker Blue and the Lamb on the Spit.

      Bob - 2011-11-08 14:50

      Suzy, with all the stuff going on buying planes and organising parties etc etc the poor guys just don't get around to building houses Schools, Hospitals, Sanitation etc, I really feel for them, perhaps they are getting tired and need a break, let the DP have a go for a while.

      Iwan - 2011-11-08 14:56

      Musa, for once and for all....the ANC defeated NOTHING. Maybe I should spell it out for you. Have you ever heard about the Referendum in South Africa? If not, google it. Oh gawd, everyday I try and try, but some people will just belief what they are being told. Is the referendum even mentioned in the school curriculum?

      Ax - 2011-11-08 14:57

      excuse me, i thought there was a global economic crisis no or did i miss something? In uncertain times like these, wouldn't it be more judicious to save this money or downsize this celebration to prepare for the future? I know such celebration are important beyond the party aspect from a heritage point of view, but one hundred million is rather indecent if i may say so.

      rbphiri - 2011-11-08 14:58

      How about using the R100 million to renovate schools, hospitals and other infrastructure in which are in dire need of renovations, or how about improving service delivery with that money. Perhaps contributing a portion to charity, does a party really out weigh the tax payers’ needs, or the needs of the very same people who voted you into power? By all means have the party; hopefully rational thinking citizens will take the above factors into consideration. You have the right to celebrate your liberation but not at peoples’ expenses, if the party actually executed their bureaucratic duties adequately to everyone’s satisfaction, no one will be disputing this ridiculous amount.

      thozamah - 2011-11-08 15:04

      bunch of show offs........polokwane leadership ,nw u knw why they had to remove Thabo Mbeki

      MWF - 2011-11-08 15:08

      I have not received my VIP invitation as yet... as a decent portion of that R100m is from my TAX money, I assume they are reserving a special booth just for me and my friends. Oh wait, it's the ANC, most the attendants will be NON-TAX-PAYERS!

      Bryan - 2011-11-08 15:10

      @Musa.., counter revolutionary?? You are an oxygen thief bru...!!!

      Dolf_Du_Toit - 2011-11-08 15:14

      Yea Musa you are right the ANC defeated the monster. Now there is a bigger monster called the AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS!! It took the ANC 100 years to get where it is now (which is no where by the way) and it will take them another 100 years to make ANY progress!!!

      Paul - 2011-11-08 15:14

      Servaas - just to make a point here: The ANC are not spending their supporters money. The majority of ANC 'members' are not tax-payers. Its tax payers money that's being spent - so the ANC does not mind spending other people money. Thats the irony of it and thats why the ANC are still heroes to many. They feel it to be their 'right'....!!

      Jeffrey - 2011-11-08 15:23

      @Musa, The only reason that the ANC got to be 100 years old is because they are so useless that in that time they could not achieve liberation. In the end they had to settle for a negotiated settlement. Bunch of wonkers.

      Ann - 2011-11-08 15:31

      Just think of the party you could have if you spent that money on say: Building some houses, or Building some schools, or Putting it towards health care Just a thought!!!

      Stinkhout - 2011-11-08 15:38

      Musa is musa snaaks. Anyway, in the old days you celebrated birthdays with a bring en braai costing peanuts.

      RSole - 2011-11-08 15:45

      Clearly their strenght lies in throwing parties and not running the country.

      Kevin - 2011-11-08 15:46

      Servaas - Do not agree with building any houses. If someone wants a house they must build it themselves and pay for it themselves like everywhere else in the World. The anc must not use taxpayers money to celebrate this sad and bad day.

      donderwolk - 2011-11-08 16:02

      these people speak about millions like its nothing, i dont even do that about cents

      Andrew - 2011-11-08 16:06

      Just a minute Suzy, surely they are entitled to spend THEIR party funds the way THEY want to. Remember, this is a party celebration, not a government celebration so the money will not come out of tax-payers funds, It is surely illegal for a political party to take government money to pay for party business? It is in most civilised countries.

      Jim - 2011-11-08 16:07

      And when the apartied Nats were in power they never had expensive parties,and they always looked after the poor and homeless, the whites that is.

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-11-08 17:28

      I hope that Not one cent is taken from taxpayers money. All these costs must be carried by the ANC and the ANC alone. No government cars, petrol, Blue light convoys, hotel accomodation, flights ets etc

      Chris - 2011-11-08 17:38

      Andrew It is tax payers money. It's money derived from shady deals with Eskom etc. No party can build a bank balance like these people in 17 years without cheating the taxpayers.

      Sean - 2011-11-08 18:03

      The ANC is a insult to Black people !! Nothing but a bunch of f@#*n criminals !! Why not use 100 mil on education ? They are just pathetic and I hope they all rot in hell !!! I don`t think I should read the news anymore , just makes me upset !! FFS !

      Derek - 2011-11-08 18:16

      @ Iwan. The referendum? You mean the referendum where only whites were allowed to vote yes or no. You think that brought down apartheid?? Goodness, you are naive. You need to study the struggle movement. You need to appreciate the lives lost to make the South Africa that white people are still enjoying and beneffiting from today. Such ignorance!

      ekfeugo - 2011-11-08 18:17

      Musa must be the caterer. Julius to busy with court preparations.

      melt.vanaarde - 2011-11-08 19:46

      Go big or go home lol

      Jan - 2011-11-08 21:00

      Actually to Adrien.mcguire Only in your dreams will they NOT spend tax money!!!!!!!!

      Robert - 2011-11-08 21:20

      I wish more blacks where educated. This is why the ANC does not really put effort in this. Cause they the masses will leave you. No revolutionist party ever run a country successfully ever in the world. This is the downfall of the ANC because their past was financed by criminals and pay back is difficult. Criminals being all races. I don't say it's wrong I say it's payback time. It's difficult to keep score on their past and the debt that has accumulated. Good luck ANC. I hope you can keep the promisses you made in the past Black or White supporting you and expecting their share. Apartheid was wrong no doubt. That is why this exterminations of prominent expecting payback people are happening - Corruption rife and ZUMA needs to be a leader now and be the first revolutionary party running this country to success. Now you have this party - who did you payback.

      Sean - 2011-11-08 22:01

      I wonder to which government members the ``catering companies`` belong , that they will use ?

      Barrie - 2011-11-09 04:43

      @Servaas - sad thing is, Servaas, that to a great extent it is NOT the money of ANC supporters that is being spent. How many of those that voted the ANC into office have never paid a cent in tax in their lives?

      JL - 2011-11-09 06:54

      The debate about who is footing the bill, is senseless. Just the fact that R100 000 000 is wasted on a party while people need houses, better health care and education, is nothing but criminal. Has no one in the government heard of lead by example? The ANC's current example is an insult to every struggling person who votes for them. Do you think that memories of the 'glorious celebration' will fill the tummies of millions after the event? Will it keep them warm and dry? In a normal household - when there is limited funds and great needs - out of love you see to those needs first and don't blow money on crap. To me this blatantly illustrates that the governing party cares nothing about the masses whose poverty and pain is simply used as political rhetoric. Empty words to abuse the hope of millions.

      Smell - 2011-11-09 07:16

      Geez, how much does drinks, canapes, dessert and fireworks cost nowadays?

      Angela - 2011-11-09 08:39

      I actually ask myself this question , all these people who are suddenly very concerned about the poor which is as a result of apartheid , what were there comments during apartheid ? Or may be what were their parents comment during apartheid ? It would be interesting to know . And I am thinking , okay mayu be they is been a change of heart , do these people ask there parents behind closed doors '' HOW COULD YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SUCH INHUMANITY ''

      Khabir - 2011-11-09 08:50

      Did anybody see this squandering of money in the budget speech?

      mlucejko - 2011-11-09 08:54

      Isn't it sad that the ANC Government's priorities are "Having expensive parties, expensive cars and expensive houses, while the majority of their supporters can't afford a decent meal !!

      bongani.masina2 - 2011-11-09 09:27

      This is an ANC event, not a Government event, you need to be able to differentiate between the two.Your comments dont make any difference anyway, whether you breath or hum, we are going ahead in celebrating the oldest movement in Africa..otherwise you might as well join Greece with its debts..ANC LIVES! ANC LEADS!

      JMan - 2011-11-09 12:08

      @ bongani.masina2: 1) "This is an ANC event, not a Government event, you need to be able to differentiate between the two." - Right. Yet they're spending the government's (or OUR rather) tax money to fund this. 2) Your comments dont make any difference anyway, whether you breath or hum, we are going ahead in celebrating the oldest movement in Africa.. - Exactly. You need to UNDERSTAND logical reasoning to be able to react to them. 3) otherwise you might as well join Greece with its debts.. - Well, at the rate YOUR ANC is going, they'll be joining Greece soon...and taking you with them. 4) ANC LIVES! ANC LEADS - you spelled "LIES" and "STEALS" wrong.

      PB - 2011-11-09 16:44

      Andrew + Bongani - Do you actually believe that the anc are going to use THEIR money? You must be braindead if you do. And Bongani, while you are eating your taxpayer sponsored KFC - surprise for you, the anc has got the country's finances close to the sorry state that Greece is in. The point everybody is making (which you obviously can't get) - THEY ARE THROWING AN ANC PARTY WITH THE NON-ANC MEMBERS' TAXMONEY AND THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

      Samuel - 2011-11-10 08:12

      The most people staying in shaks fall under the tax bracket. they don't feel that the funding of this sort comes from there pocets.

  • hendrik.v.heerden - 2011-11-08 14:37

    How do you justify that, when so many people do not have homes and food. This is criminal to say the least, and they expect people to vote for them. How dumb are the voters to swallow this crap. Get real ANC get your priorities in place, life is not one big party.

      Daniel - 2011-11-08 15:02

      Wholesale thievery, and they are not even ashamed of it, despots !!

      PeggySven - 2011-11-08 15:21

      Hendrik, if the ANCYL could spend over R100 million on a kissing party, I have the feeling that the R100 mil that they are talking about is just for the "Free" T-shirts. The final bill will probably be close to the amount they are going to spend on the "Showerhead's" and the "Deputy-Showerhead's" planes. I am sure that this money will not come from the CancER's pocket, but the long suffering taxpayer's pockets. Once again a CancER crime against it's own people. (Similar to the NP's Apartheid Policy, which was deemed a "Crime" Against Humanity).

      George - 2011-11-08 16:10

      Without ceremonies, parties, anniversaries life would be boring. lets blow some cash and enjoy. We cant life too seriously as it is too short. The poor also have parties, weddings and etc along their budgetary parameters. Lets enjoy and drown away our mortal problems. Otherwise we will end up cancelling christmas, new years day etc

      Kevin - 2011-11-08 20:34

      Kolobehaha,when your dear ANC brethren 'freed' you from the tyranny of apartheid, did they improve schools, pay for healthcare, build enough houses for the poor, improve the State Hospitals and rid the country of the 'corruption' that the previous government had installed? We ALL know the answer to those questions: NO, NO, NO, NO and NO. Are you going to wait for all the money to be spent before you wake up?? Corruption has become our National Sport - if you think the ANC cares about it's own people, then you are in for a big surprise!!!

      craigtjames - 2011-11-08 20:35

      Hendrik, you don't. Just a cost add - 100 MILLION for an anniversary of the ANC, 1.6 BILLION for 2 jets, 21 BILLION irregular spending (in other terms, stolen money, whether it be "business trips", parties, money just disappearing)about 400 MILLION for building leases which are questionable, 400 MILLION on upgrades to government homes, AND THIS DEAR FRIENDS OF THE ANC IS ONLY WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT!!! What do you think the government would do if all in the country boycott returning their taxes end of February. Because that is what we do in our country when we dont get things done our way - we boycott, we march, we plunder. About time we start doing it for the right reasons, ok leave the last two out - go with the first

      Craig - 2011-11-08 23:06

      Gig... and the free T-shirts will have the label "Made in China" on the inside.

      cj - 2011-11-09 08:56

      f**k our stupid president,malema n da whole crew of anc, i live in the area where there are still poor people and they do this.f************K maan

  • Liesbet - 2011-11-08 14:38

    Sometimes I wonder if their "common sense" gene has gone AWOL on them.... R100m.... seriously... R100m!

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-11-08 16:04

      It was replaced by the "communist" gene

      chris.s.vangraan - 2011-11-08 16:44

      let us look on the brights side, we, 50,000,000 million people of this country, can all be millionaires, if the ANC can donate to each person in this country a million Rand. If you have four or more children, you will have 6 of seven million Rand or more!!! we demand, we demand!

  • Johan - 2011-11-08 14:38


      Priyal - 2011-11-08 14:42

      that is precisely what i thought. FML

  • Melanie - 2011-11-08 14:38

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  • Multi - 2011-11-08 14:39

    Hey look they're planning a party instead of running the country.

      chanchan - 2011-11-08 15:11

      they are always planning partys, its the only thing the good at. Partys and strikes !! VIVA ANC u bunch of uneducated criminals !!

  • Marion - 2011-11-08 14:39

    I don't have a problem with them throwing a massive party as long as they fund it with ANC money or 'clean' money from their benefactors (the ones the law allows them to have). And that all those in parliament take a day or two's leave to attend!! And don't use blue light brigades to get there on time. Of course they could just donate R100 million (will cost more than that anyway) to build 1000 houses and call the development Centenary or something. But that would require a level of charity that goes beyond the ANC (or any other political party) I think. One good thing is that Gadaffi and his entourage of female bodyguards will not be making a ridiculous entrance again.

      gpoltini - 2011-11-08 15:38

      That's the only comment I could read which makes sense in these comments. Well done Marion. unfortunately the ANC is turning a blind eye on its voters yet again.

  • Anthony - 2011-11-08 14:40

    Wrong, wrong, wrong, f#$ck$%g

  • robbie.crouch - 2011-11-08 14:40

    What part of this are we the taxpayers paying for?

      Karmah - 2011-11-08 14:46

      Every cent ...

      Musa - 2011-11-08 14:52

      The ANC has its own finances. The Treasurer-General (cde Phosa) has a responsibility to take care of ANC finances. This is not a government project, but ANC stuff. We as ANC members who subscribe to the movement, know what our finnces do. If you are not an ANC member, just get lost.

      natalia.d.roux - 2011-11-08 15:07

      Hello Musa. Where does the ANC get their funds from if not from tax payers?

      Deon - 2011-11-08 15:08

      Musa, the ANC get money from parliament (Tax payers) according to how many seats they have won. Some of this go to the ANC and some to the ANCYL etc. So we (tax payers) even pays part if not all of Malema's salary.

      richard.fahrenfort - 2011-11-08 15:10

      oh PLEASE Musa! Don't be so naive... No doubt the usual cronies will form a queue for tenders and positions after the celebrations as a big thank you from the deployed cadres in key government positions for funding this extravagance!! Didn't Helen Zille ditch a party on Woman's Day a little while back and use the money for a scholarship program for girls instead? ...just saying... Lets just be frank and say that actually they're spending R100m on the first 86 years of the ANC because things went a bit pear shaped over the last 14 or so years to be quite honest...

      Marion - 2011-11-08 15:12

      The ANC went with a begging bowl to Transnet to get funding for it and were told they could not get any money... Wonder how many other parastatals have been approached and were stupid (corrupt) enough to donate...

      Tyron - 2011-11-08 15:14

      I am with Musa. It is ANC funded not state funded. Most people (incl government from time to time) fail to separate party and state. I think it is a little excessive, but hey, their money their party.

      JaunDreS - 2011-11-08 16:22

      Musa ... you are mindfckd

      Kevin - 2011-11-08 20:39

      Robbie, ALL of it. Musa, even if it were true that the ANC are using their own money, surely it makes sense to an intelligent person such as yourself that they must be spending their own money on partying and not improving the living standards of their supporters. Find out a bit more about how a political party runs before you start having blind faith in your boys.........

      godesha - 2011-11-09 06:09

      @Musa. Well seeing that you as an ANC member have contributed to this party, were you invited? I bet not.

  • Karmah - 2011-11-08 14:41

    "Some of the work is just priceless," Mbete said. Had to lol at that.... The ANC is RAPING the citizens of their hard earned money and spending it on themselves. while the other non tax paying citizens it and starve to death with no food, electricity, running water or medical assistance. Viva ANC viva! -_-

      JuditVictor - 2011-11-08 17:04

      So... how DO you do it, since we taxpayers paid you. Did SARS give the money to you willingly or...

  • Sharmay - 2011-11-08 14:43

    Whose gonna have to foot the bill?

      Marius - 2011-11-08 14:46

      Us, the Taxpayers.

      cathy.eksteen - 2011-11-08 14:51

      Yes, it's those who don't care about them spending the money cause they aint the ones paying taxes..

      Musa - 2011-11-08 14:57

      Marius: Not true, broer. The ANC is not run by tax payers' money. ANC members and friends will foot the bill. Stop this nonsense!

      Sharmay - 2011-11-08 15:03

      @Musa... Prove it.

      John - 2011-11-08 15:08

      Musa, I have a question for you. Do you still beleive in Father Christmas? Of course the taxpayer will have to pay this obscene event. The begging bowl has been passed to Transnet and then to other parastatals such as Eskom who will probably fund this booze up so it does not look as if the taxpayer is coughing up the money. The taxpayers will then have to fund the parastatals to make the shortfall.

      Bench86 - 2011-11-08 15:16

      I agree with Musa, the tax payers won't have to pay the WHOLE bill. Some of it will be paid by corrupt companies in order to get tenders or get listed as an approved government supplier. :-)

      Musa - 2011-11-08 15:23

      Sharmay: Prove what?

      Kay - 2011-11-08 15:58

      musa u know what, just be honest with urself,yes they are using most of the tax paying mney, for a 100m party, musa doesnt a switch click in ur brain, these ppl r living in mansions with YOUR money now they are throwing themselves a huge party worth 100m, when how much poverty is in this country???they cud use that money to help the people who vote for them but yet they will use it for themselves, grow up and grow some balls, stop being a follower and be someone with their own mind set

      Kevin - 2011-11-08 20:45

      Musa, your comment was spot on 'broer', except you didn't stop your sentence in time!!!! It should have read: "The ANC is not run" and finished there. I admire your loyalty, but am seriously concerned by your naivety. Why can't more people see what the ANC is doing here!?

  • Murechen - 2011-11-08 14:44

    As long at its ANC money, they can do whatever they want

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-08 17:07

      How about helping the poor instead of themselves ? There should be an audit to see where ALL the money is coming from? No smoke and mirrors !

      Richard - 2011-11-08 17:48

      I agree with both of you, if it's their own money then do what they will. but it'd be better if they set up a trust or maybe paid for a few new matrics to attend university next year. As someone said earlier "That is enough money to give every individual (including babies) a million rand each and still have some left over".

      Derek - 2011-11-08 22:34

      Richard sorry but I dont know if you are using anc supporter education or are been sarcastic. get your calculator out, if you gave 100 people 1 million you would need 100 million!! to give 50 million people a million you would need 50 million million. (50000000000000) OK so that's fifty thousand billion or 50 trillion rands. This is why anc educated people think we should all share our wealth In June 2006 all of the 24 south African banks' total assets amounted to some R1.96-trillion. so lets share this out between all south Africans we all get R3920 whoopie doo!!!

  • Pyrokinetix - 2011-11-08 14:45

    Waaihoek is in Bloem, not in the Western Cape. And yeah, this is a ridiculous waste of money, especially when you consider the poverty in the area where the ANC was founded. It is quite disgusting.

  • - 2011-11-08 14:46

    Absolutely disgusting!!!!!Who is paying for this? How many houses can they build with this money ? How many kids can they send to school and how many people can get vaccinated with this money? Its just SICK!

  • luanne.beaumont1 - 2011-11-08 14:46

    Imagine taking that money , building houses and giving it as birthday presents on behalf of the ANC to the needy ? How greedy they have become, so sad I voted for them , I feel I have fed the monster.

      chanchan - 2011-11-08 16:12

      u voted for the anc ..... y ????????

  • Mabel - 2011-11-08 14:47

    R1,64 billion for two planes and now R100m for a party to celebrate 100 years! What happened to the promises of housing, jobs, etc? The next time the Minister of Finance opens his mouth he must put both feet in it. Disgusting!

      Michael - 2011-11-08 17:21

      Mabel - how about that biological bathroom attachment, masquerading as a president, telling everyone at the G20 that handouts to the underdeveloped must be increased - the sheer monumental cheek of it almost makes you admire the criminality

      Sean - 2011-11-08 21:55

      This is a NORM in Africa , that`s why in 100 years time they will still blame apartheid for there miserable failures !!

  • Pat - 2011-11-08 14:48

    I think this is disgusting! Priorities all WRONG!

  • deon.fourie - 2011-11-08 14:48

    And yet, when I don't give the beggar at the traffic light a R5 coin I'M the one that gets the dirty look.

      Bigrp - 2011-11-08 15:19

      Exactly Deon; that's why I tell the beggar to ask Zuma or Malema for a donation!

  • johan.erlank - 2011-11-08 14:49

    So who will benefit from this party? The homeless, the needy, the hungry? Or the fat cats?

  • Theresa - 2011-11-08 14:49

    R100m...ja,nè, Johnnie Walker Blue is very expensive...

  • Chuck - 2011-11-08 14:51

    Guys let's get real. This is not the same ANC that fought and struggled so long. It's a mockery of the name and it would help if they showed where they came from with their actions. This is not acceptable!I agree that we need to acknowledge our heritage but lead by way of example first by putting the money to good use and let that speak about what the revolution has brought about. This is absolute silliness but trust me those who are poor are not laughing or smiling or even worried about it. WHAT S SHAME!

      Anthony - 2011-11-08 16:04

      I dont think they know about it (R100 mil)

  • Jenna - 2011-11-08 14:52

    How about this, ANC: instead of throwing a massive party for the people that are already enriched and powerful, use your R100m and celebrate your heritage by HELPING the people that vote for you and have helped you survive so long - i.e. the poverty-stricken masses that stick by you no matter what! How about building them houses, giving them running water, providing them with decent service delivery? That would be a true celebration of 100 years of struggling. Instead you will be 'struggling' to stuff all twenty-five courses and however many cases of jack down your throats.

      Jonathon - 2011-11-08 21:25

      Well said!!!

      Russell - 2011-11-10 07:11

      Jenna, the masses will vote for them anyway , its a trend in Afrika.

      sb.prins1 - 2011-11-10 07:56

      ANC to bill taxpayers R400 mln for party. TAXPAYERS will have to shell out more than R400 million for the ANC's party and also R400 million for president's home. Dont you know we have the money (sarcastically)

  • Althea - 2011-11-08 14:52

    I wonder has anyone here been to Kliptown lately, the place where the Freedom Charter was born and those people are still staying in shacks with no sanitation at all. This is sad! If it was possible then I would refuse to pay tax....

  • shauncro - 2011-11-08 14:52

    Just a thought, but wouldn't the ANC be better celebrated by using that money to assist the poor with housing and job creation. Lets say the average price of a RDP house is R100 000.00 the 100 Million they are going to spend on festivities could build 1000 homes! Am I the only person that see's more logic in this?

  • michael.jubiler - 2011-11-08 14:54

    SERIOUSLY!!! When is enough enough!!! For someone like me and 96% of the SA population who don't get tender kick-backs R100m is a sh*t load to waste on a stupid party. If they had the interests of the country in mind there's no way they would squander like this. And Jz just sits back in his comfortable chair grinning.. knowing his little elves are hard at work enriching themselves. Well done, the struggle was worthwhile for you... now what about the rest!!!

  • dirk.smit1 - 2011-11-08 14:54

    Has the tough economic times cleared up? First it is R400mil for Zuma's presidential renovations, then it is R1.6bil for two planes for who knows what and R100mil for a damn party? When will it stop that the taxpayers pay for the ANC's bloody parties and luxuries. There are people dying of hunger, people without decent basic services but the lavish lifestyles of the government just keeps increasing. Oh wait, their spending is probably the fault of Apartheid!!!!

  • Deon - 2011-11-08 14:54

    We should not miss read this, he said not less than R100m. It could be double or tripple that amount.

  • deleagagu - 2011-11-08 14:54

    Here we go AGAIN!!!

  • chiepner - 2011-11-08 14:55

    The Emperors New Clothes - no wait wait........I think its more like "The Animal Farm"........I do recomend some ANC members to pick up this "childrens" book and give it a peek or two. You actually might learn something and maybe even realise that your actions today is all that matters to the future and youth of this country.

  • Annalise - 2011-11-08 14:56

    It's worth it, future and younger generations need to know where we come from ..... I, a taxpayer, don't think it's worth it. Future and younger generations don't care where you come from ANC, they care about their future, something YOU don't care about. Absolute delusions of grandeur. You are so not worth a R 100m party.

  • Jason - 2011-11-08 14:58

    Its typical, nothing surprises me anymore! Just wondering how many RDP houses could be built? Or how many improvements could be made to service delivery or even just fixing up the waist management to stop our rivers being polluted. Or we could, and I'm just throwing this out there, spend some money bringing our education system in to line so we have competent leaders for the future.

  • Fernando - 2011-11-08 14:58

    how many houses can you build with that amount of money?

  • Francois - 2011-11-08 14:59

    Techinically this will not be financed by taxpayers money. It's an ANC event not a government event and as such should be funded by party backers not off the back of money collected to run government. I am not saying something dodgy won't happen I am just saying stop blurring the argument with half-truths and incorrect assumptions. When you do that your argument loses credibility and it is just dismissed as more hysteria. The fact is this an unbelievably vulgar show of largesse by the ANC. I am with the user who said why not build a group of RDP houses and call the development "Centenary". Sies, they spit on the graves of the people who sacrificed their lives for equality.

      Dirk - 2011-11-08 16:38

      You're right Francois. However, the key word in your comment is "should". The ANC is the ruling party and "should" be thinking of the people, the country and bringing unity. What should happen and what is happening has been proven over and over again not to be the same think.

      sb.prins1 - 2011-11-10 07:49

      You forget that it will cost the taxpayers also R400 MILLION for the ANC party, besides their own R100 MILLION

  • mpho.khiba - 2011-11-08 15:01

    they will never let you down when coming to disapointing people. ANC is a shame of our land, just listen to their lame comments about the reason why they spend such a money, when there are homeless and jobless people who could be helped with that money. shame on you ANC you don't have shame to your own people who made who you are today. really disapointed

      Beastley - 2011-11-09 10:13

      Mpho, There are no words to describe the level to which this is wrong. The ANC is literally taking food out of the mouths of the people that vote for them.

      Penny - 2011-11-09 11:26

      I would be really interested to learn what Madiba thinks of this "party"...

  • Hermann - 2011-11-08 15:02

    I hope the whistle blowers in government will keep a close eye how departments spend their allocated funds.

  • Comrade - 2011-11-08 15:02

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha whahahahahahahaha whahahahahaha OMG...hahahahahaaOH MY GOD!!!....hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaa

  • Sledge - 2011-11-08 15:02

    Some of the work is "Priceless" Jonnie Wlaker blue - R1800.00 Per Bottle. Black Caviar - R700.00 per tin. UP YOURS HOMELESS & JOBLESS - PRICELESS.

  • abduraghmaan - 2011-11-08 15:02

    about 2000 RDP houses could have been built, say 4 per household = 8000 South African's could be put under a roof!

  • Michael - 2011-11-08 15:02

    What a pity the ANC could not throw a party for the people who voted them in or even better give the R100 Million to the people so they can better their lives with services and education.

  • damonsb - 2011-11-08 15:06

    This money is a waist as 1000s of homeless won`t be invited.

  • Dolf_Du_Toit - 2011-11-08 15:07

    And of course a R100m spent on a party is much better than spending it on those selfish tax payers. All they do is complain .... better roads, better education, less corruption, less crime, safe running water, better sanitation, more houses warra warra ... the government doesnt enough money for all of that, the least the ANC can do is spend only a R100m on a party. I think we can give them that ...

  • tanya.bekker - 2011-11-08 15:08

    It makes me sad that the priorities are so messed up in this country. 1.6bn for jets, 100mil for a party, illegal trust funds etc. etc. the list just goes on. It is never going to change or come right, the people are the ones who suffer. South Africa is going to end up a poor!

  • alanaR.rodriguez - 2011-11-08 15:08 about paying off the debt to SANRAL to help the NATION by relieving them from TOLL FEES... then again, busses and taxis has been excluded, to I guess the rest of us don't count...

      sb.prins1 - 2011-11-10 07:55

      ANC to bill taxpayers R400 mln for party. TAXPAYERS will have to shell out more than R400 million for the ANC's party and also R400 million for president's home.

  • Herman - 2011-11-08 15:08

    With OVER R30 BILLION in wasteful expenditure already, the ANC has SIMPLY BECOME TOO EXPENSIVE for SA. Zoomer783 now wants to waste ANOTHER R1.6 BILLION on planes, they want to WASTE ANOTHER R100 MILLION on some stupid party??? I call for a vote of NO confidence in the ANC! ALL this wasteful expenditure MUST be made known in ALL 11 official languages!

      Sean - 2011-11-08 21:58

      Welcome to Africa !! Do I need to say more ?

  • - 2011-11-08 15:08

    I think that those opposed to the ANC and all their madness should stop warning them of such craziness. Leave them be and let them dig themselves deeper and deeper into a hole. In some years to come the masses will realise that the once noble liberation movement is nothing more than a self-enrichment club, masquerading as a political party, that really doesn't have the wishes of the people at heart. When this happens, the real revolution begins.

  • 22Pac - 2011-11-08 15:09

    I have to say ANC is fool of s&^$@t, heartless creatures this is why they want mines to be nationalized using us the poor community so that when they get something out of this s%^&t they distribute everything among themselves using the government power and throw these big parties instead of looking back to the poor community being used, marching to Pretoria for somebody else's pocket BULLL, to hell with them.....

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  • Jacqui - 2011-11-08 15:11

    Can't they just go to KFC? Ag Musa, dream on. Go and enjoy your party and try and explain that to your hungry brothers and sisters.Is this the mental development you gained after seventeen years of 'liberation?.Foeitog. ANC liberated the country, what a joke.

  • mikeangell61 - 2011-11-08 15:11

    Can we all get an invite for free Johnny Walker.Im an unemployed white & i would like to know if the minister of finance is going so he can give some money to us.

  • damonsb - 2011-11-08 15:13

    Will there Micky D be there for JUju