ANC floral tribute criticised

2012-04-12 13:03

Durban - The DA has accused the ANC of using floral decorations at a park in Durban to promote itself, The Mercury reported on Thursday.

The floral display at Jameson Park, in Morningside, reads: "100 years of selfless struggle."

Democratic Alliance councillor Martin Meyer told the newspaper the Constitution made a clear separation between party and state, and public land should not be used by any political party for personal agendas.

eThekwini municipal parks head Thembinkosi Ngcobo denied that the ANC was involved in the project.

He said it formed part of the "cultural mapping programme" to address social cohesion by commemorating special events and remembering people who were not recognised before 1994.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-04-12 13:08

    What clap trap answer is that??? I which I can get my over taxed property in Morning side sold so I can ever forget I once cared for that corrupt city!!

      Thoka - 2012-04-12 13:47

      sell it to me. dont mind having 2 properties in Durban. Viva anc viva

      Rob - 2012-04-12 16:11

      Jameson Park. A once beautiful area that is " inhabited " by the normal overbreeding layabouts lying around waiting for an opportunity to strike. Not to worry they probably p!ssed on these flowers as well.

      Kala - 2012-04-12 17:11

      Thoka - You would need to get a job first and earn some money first

  • Irene - 2012-04-12 13:09

    Selfless struggle! Bwahahahahaha! That's a good one. A bit of swimming pool acid will sort those flowers out - one, two, three.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-12 13:23

      Why should the flowers die because some nitwit use them for political reasons?. Actually these people shoud be prohibited from using anything beautiful in this ugly world they are creating.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-12 14:21

      A bit of Roundup will do the trick as well.

      Mariana - 2012-04-12 15:57

      Irene it used to be a slefless struggle now it is the self-full struggle. Where stealing is the order of the day especially when it is from the don't haves!!! :-)

  • Shirley - 2012-04-12 13:18

    Aw-they just trying to cover the $&*t smell of incompetancy!

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-04-12 13:46


  • Dennis - 2012-04-12 13:19

    Since when has any ANC member ever obeyed any rule ??

  • Ricky - 2012-04-12 13:19

    Wasting state money on anc garbage again.. Boy , i love the anc voters suffering

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-12 13:21

    Cultural mapping programmes. They do like big words to hide the truth. Shame.

  • Jacques - 2012-04-12 13:26

    Icn auf non 'eliewe... Sorry if that was a little unclear, I was just having a banana. May I offer you one?

      Anthony - 2012-04-12 14:09

      lol lol good one jac

  • mholthuysen - 2012-04-12 13:34

    I suggest a bit of redesigning - "100 years struggle - and still we are struggling with ourselves - since 1994 stealing from the public - together we can do more crime"

  • Riad - 2012-04-12 13:43

    Since when did the “Selfless Struggle” belong exclusively to the ANC culture, is this guy trying to re-write history? Maybe he needs to reprogram the mapping of his culture……..

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-04-12 13:46

      Right on the dot there Riad !

  • Brett - 2012-04-12 13:44

    Selfless? I would be interested to see the definition of the word selfless in the ANC Dictionary.

  • Marlee - 2012-04-12 13:47

    You know what...if all stand together and built our country to be the gr8 place its supose to be and stop whith the racial remarks then all will be good. I am a white female and a proud south african. And i still dont see why me and my children and theire children should pay for the apartheids era's b-sht . We love s.a. But if we cant stand together as black and white we will never get s.a the way we all want it.

      Anthony - 2012-04-12 14:11

      in your dreams darling

      mike.clery - 2012-04-12 14:21

      Yes, well, we'd all like that. But it isn't going to happen. The ANC's ONLY vote-catcher is misguided racial solidarity - they will intensify the claim to be the (only) liberators of black South Africans, and will intensify the polarization of SA society on racial grounds. That is the reality, and it isn't going to change any time soon. In fact, expect it to get worse.

  • Junebugg - 2012-04-12 14:05

    It is not just the ANC who played role in fighting the struggle , they must also include PAC. AZAPO and whoever played a role..I know Zille also played a this does not make sense, they should be inclusive

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-12 14:14

    Now DA is practising cheap politics. Yesterday, ANC should not worry itself much about complaining about Zille's "refugee remark" and concentrate on pressing issues that needs urgent attention. Today, ANC must spend much of its time analysing the constitution and worry about how and where they put their celebration decorations. Double standards and cynic attitude at play there. It shows DA has nothing to do besides watching what the ANC does. I'm sure they even know how many times the ANC president goes to toilet a day. Next thing we will hear is, the President is wasting tax payers’ money on toilet rolls. I thought DA could do better than this, I guess I was wrong.

      mike.clery - 2012-04-12 14:27

      It's about miss-using GOVERNMENT funds (meant for "the people") for PARTY promotion. Do you really not get it?

      butch.poulter - 2012-04-12 14:32

      So explain to me why all E.C citizens are running to the W.C for better education, hospitals etc etc etc etc. Could it be than it's run by the D.A and its working, unlike the rest of S.A run by a bunch of corrupt officials who dont give a damn about uplifting the poor.

      Martin - 2012-04-12 14:47

      A couple of things Siyadyosiba. 1. The DA is the opposition party, it is their job to watch the ruling party. That is what Democracy is about. 2. I love your remark that the ANC 'must spend time analysing the constitution' Uhm. Yes, they should as they should govern within this document. If they did, we would have much less problems in SA. 3. The DA is not following the ANC around. The Councillor, unlike may ANC councilors, is actually in his ward, and sees and knows what is going on, as he should.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-12 14:51

      @butcher, did you read the recent report that there are actually many that come from WC to do schooling in EC. Now, to me, the reason for these movements of scholars between these two provinces is now shady. I wouldn’t want to be speculative on the reason. If you know it, kindly enlighten me. @Mike, I guess the calling of people refugees in their own country carries less weight hence your insisting on letting it pass.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-12 15:04

      @africanhope, fair comment. I'm with you fully and sharing the same sentiments. My point here however is that when it comes to violation of a constitution, there must not be color or party. A complaint was forwarded to HRC about Zille's defaming and improper labelling of EC students. People in this forum said ANC should let that pass, it’s nothing much, ANC must concentrate on addressing issues, yet a constitutional right has been violated. Constitutionally, every citizen has a right to dignity. Being called a "refugee" is derogatory and totally unacceptable in this country. My problem is disingenuousness and double standards.

      Patiwe - 2012-04-12 15:50

      @Siya we need not to conflate issues, here it's about an event which was suppose to represent their entire population on that ward not to promote ANC as a party at taxpayers expense which is against the constitution.

      mike.clery - 2012-04-12 15:51

      Zille's comment has been referred to the SAHRC - let's see what they have to say about it. Whatever the ruling, it was a stupid comment by the leader of the opposition, but I suggest you read the letter from Sanele Zondi in today's Cape Times to put it (and all the noise around it) in perspective: "It is not fair to label Helen Zille as a racist". Whatever Zille said is NOT an excuse for using government funds for party-political purposes.

      Martin - 2012-04-12 16:08

      Point well made siyadyosiba.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-12 19:34

      @Patiwe, point of contention is violation of the constitution. Check paragraph 3 of the article. That's exactly the premise I'm basing my argument on. In my view there is no conflating of issues, its just application of “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander”. @mickey, “Whatever Zille said is NOT an excuse for using government funds for party-political purposes”. Is there anyone who said this is the case? Please do not mix disparate issues and get the point of the comment.

  • lhenama - 2012-04-12 14:20

    Owww shooosh u people are just pathetic now, just concentrate on more important things that you're supposed to do instead of looking into everything that they're supposed to do.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-12 15:02

      Of course, no-one should complain. Let them do what they want with no resistance.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-12 14:30

    There is nothing selfless about today's ANC more like selfish

  • Mark - 2012-04-12 15:26

    this is really not News worthy. Pls DA uncover other more important things that the anc is doing. Maar this is dom, shame. I must say I find very odd that people who hate the anc try by all means to spew their anger

      Patiwe - 2012-04-12 15:53

      Small thing becomes big things when they are put together. I feel as well that was a fruitless expenditure as per the PFMA which is for everyone who usses public funds.

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  • - 2012-04-12 16:46

    lies lies lies lies when will it stop. if it's not the one thing then it's the other are we all blind and stupid like them because they sure think so

  • Kala - 2012-04-12 17:10

    "100 Years of SELFISH struggle" sums it up better. WTF is a "cultural mapping progamme" anyway?

      Shirley - 2012-04-12 17:42

      A guide to the nearest witch doctor??

  • Thandokuhle - 2012-04-12 17:45

    the western Cape is not another country with a different president, audit reports are compiled and tabled by political affiliated people with agendas, there are parts of the western cape that are so dismal managed and they are not talked about.

      Timothy - 2012-05-31 15:26

      yea... because they are managed by the ANC.. go figure

  • Jacques - 2012-04-12 18:13

    Give your opinion on this subject at and see if the rest of South Africa agrees with you!

  • Logan Porter - 2012-04-13 05:54


  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-13 07:39

    Wouldn't it be great for this land if the vibes from all the negativity being generated at the moment, could be turned around and transformed into positivity.I do believe these reports and comments might be bring the worst out of the point where previously we might not have expressed so blatantly how strongly we feel on certain issues..until someone throws down a racist comment which gets the keyboards doing double time speed. In saying that... it is certainly beneficial to be able to give voice to the huge problems we....ALL...are experiencing in our country. On this article about the ANC decoration in the be honest, the only other counties that I have seen this done, is in countries that have a ONE PARTY STATE with a DICTATOR as a leader.

  • gaeleen - 2012-04-20 12:38

    DA grow up - the municipality makes use of various verges for floral designs to honour many many different organisations - why do the DA always have to find fault with evry damn thing (i am neither DA nor ANC by the way)

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