ANC marks a 100 years with R100m party

2012-01-06 14:25

Johannesburg - The ANC is to mark its centenary with an elaborate and expensive celebration in Bloemfontein, the city where it was founded.

The ANC, which was formed in 1912 to channel the opposition of blacks to white minority rule, has been South Africa's ruling party since the fall of apartheid in 1994.

According to ANC chairperson Baleka Mbeti, the main centenary celebration at the weekend will draw no fewer than 100 000 people and cost no less than R100m.

Forty-six heads of state will be among the 6 000 invited guests from neighbouring Zimbabwe and as far afield as Germany and India to converge on Bloemfontein, she said.

"All South Africans and people of the continent and the world are again invited to grace this auspicious occasion," the party said in a recent statement.

ANC veteran and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will be absent. The 94-year-old former president is reportedly too frail to travel.

Inner circle

But the event will bring together the party inner circle and those who have been either ousted or shunned in recent years, such as Mandela's successor Thabo Mbeki.

Desmond Tutu, the moral force at the height of the ANC's campaign to bring about an end to black oppression but now increasingly critical of the ruling party, will also be among the guests.

President Jacob Zuma is to deliver a speech.

Some opposition parties have used the occasion to accuse the ANC of revising history to amplify its own role in the anti-apartheid struggle and minimise that of rival movements.

The celebrations will include a ceremony at the Wesleyan Church, the place where the ANC was founded as the South African Native National Congress.

Accolades have been pouring in from other African liberation movements, most of them with strong ties to the ANC that date back to the 1960s and, like it, also now in government.

Liberation movements

"We have learned a lot from the ANC as a liberation movement from the times of colonialism in Zimbabwe and apartheid in South Africa," said Dydmus Mutasa, a spokesperson for Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF party.

"We cherish every moment we have been together. We hope that the relationship is maintained," Mutasa told dpa.

President Michael Sata of Zambia, a country that once gave refuge to a host of liberation movements from across southern Africa, thanked the ANC for its solidarity.

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and members of his ruling FRELIMO party will also be among the guests at Bloemfontein.

Throughout its existence, the ANC has experienced highs and lows, as a liberation movement with periods where it was unable to muster resistance to white minority rule and as a government unable to adequately meet the demands of its people.

But ultimately, on April 27 1994, as a liberation movement the ANC achieved its goal after millions of people from all racial groups queued to cast their ballots in the first democratic elections.

With four general elections behind it, the party has never won less than 60% of the vote.

But the criticism of the party, initially coming from the white population fearful of communism and terrorism and from those who feared or refused to accept black rule, is now increasingly coming from those whose rights it fought tooth and nail for under apartheid.

The ANC government's efforts to alleviate poverty and bring about economic reform is regularly questioned.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-06 14:33

    What? Did the writer wake up from a coma? Where dies News24 get this sort of "reporting"?

      John - 2012-01-07 19:55

      I have now got a box of Benzene for the Virodene Awards of 2011: The nominees are: Thabo Mbeki Doctor ( of medicine ) Nkosazana Zuma ( the 2 were the big pushers of the attempt to Genocide 5 million aids sufferers with Benzene labelled as Virodene - which is now their prize! ) Pres Zuma Julius Malema ( acomplices ) David Miliband ( cover up ) Barack Obama Hilary Silly Hilly Billy Clinton Bill the Clown Clinton ( Financiers of Abortions ) Jullian Assenge ( the Genocide of Millions of SA People is not important to him - a few Iraqui casualties are : arab bloob is more important than african blood ) Ariel Adorfmann ( the mentally challenged does not understand that if Mandela was aquitted in his trial of treason because he does not owe allegiance, neither does SA owe benefits to him and his people ) Fidel Castro and Raul Castro ( for the Genocide of the Cuban and African People, particularly 1 500 000 Ethiopians and 500 000 Angolans ) And the Manpara Virodene Awards of 2011 goes to... Julius Malema! For exposing the truth about the ANC!

      John - 2012-01-07 19:57

      Malema, Jesus loves you, Malema, Your mother loves you, Malema, Your father loves, Repent, Mampara, repent, Repent, Ignorant, repent, Repent, Negligent, repent, Repent, Liar, repent, Repent, Thief, repent, Repent, Baby Killer, repent, Repent, Genocider, repent! Okai, stop the bus, how can you say all that? Lets have a look: Malema is Ignorant that the Failed Communist Countries like the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cuba, etc, employed Central Control Economies ( CCE ), with full and total nationalization. Negligent - as the head of an organization, it is his duty to be fully informed of the economic history of total disasters of CCE. He does not know that Gorbachov announced reforms away from nationalization – in the early 1980’s! He is a Liar, because these are not his ideas, these ideas have been around for over 100 years. Thief, he has stolen the PEOPLES money – that is how bribery and corruption works. Baby Killer, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 800 000 black babies in government hospitals! Genocider, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 5 Million Aids sufferers which were refused medication. Repent, Manpara, Repent!

  • rose.mcmillan - 2012-01-06 14:48

    Just hope the ANC will be paying for their big bash out of their own coffers and we the citizens of South Africa will not have to cough up the money.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-06 17:16

      Rose, are you as asleep as the writer. This is old news and we the taxpayers are paying for it...

  • tacod - 2012-01-06 22:57

    IF I attend this bash as I am currently in South Africa, will I also get some of the Johnny Walker that was purchased for the occasion? It is a sad day the way the ANC has hi-jacked the media in South Africa with their propaganda that make it seem as if they were the only movement responsible for the democracy in South Africa. Yet, it is the ANC that is undermining the uplifting of the masses of people in the country by their inability of manage even the most basic of services on local level. Is it not time for South Africans to start standing as one and demand that the officials in the government departments that make themselves guilty of corruption be jailed or as in the olden days, stoned. The ANC has deceived the rest of the world for long enough and it is time that the truth about the ANC be known. Information on how they murdered their own members in the training camps outside of South Africa, how the struggle was not about the people, but about money and power, how they do nothing to protect the members of the South African public against murder, rape and sponsored violence.

  • Ettienne - 2012-01-07 16:10

    100 Million? And the Black people are STILL falling for the hogwash of the ANC? Really people. I am so sure that the 100 Million Rands could have been used far better in ensuring that the lives of the less privileged were improved. But NO, the top guns need to show their power, waste waste waste. At the expense of ALL South Africans. Now in my opinion, if the black people cannot see through this, will they ever?

      Mandy - 2012-01-07 17:57

      I agree Ettienne. Why spend all those millions when you could of use it for improving your country. Rather celibrate and show how you can help your country and not flush it down the toilet in one day. Why pay taxes for such crap. How frustrating.

      Power - 2012-01-07 20:11

      Why must my money be wasted on a political party that I do not support??? It might be time that someone start to explain to the 'masses' that their money (VAT - Value Added Tax) are also being spent by the 'so called' fools.

  • Frank - 2012-01-07 18:42

    This so called celebration will probably rank amongst the biggest collection of freeloaders ever recorded on the continent.Pity Bob wont be there, he will be sorly missed by all the other thieves.

  • michael.feistel - 2012-01-07 23:06

    To me it is an absolute disgrace that a political party spends state money on a self promotion joke to prove to the world their motivated existance, while they have failed to deliver all the promises made. First of all the people who have supported, suffered and believed all these decades should benefit from such an event. Instead the majority still can hardly afford to put bread on the table on a day to day basis. It is not worth to sacrifice that for a corrupt bunch of liars, self-enrichers, betrayers. What couldn't be done for R 100 000 000 ? Food, a decent roof over the head, fighting crime, education just to name a few ? Mind you, education, the state has no vested interest in getting the broad masses educated. Uneducated people are much easier to manipulate. Crime ? I'm bursting out laughing, because first of all they would have to take themselves to court, sheer impossible. In addtion, a whole industry will die, depriving the state of millions of tax money with which, who knows what, they are able to finance, anything but the physical and mental better wealth of the people living under these circumstances. Seems to me their is no effective recipy to fight stupididy, supported by those who are better off and choose ignorance as the solution.

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