Accreditation starts for ANC centenary

2012-01-04 12:08

Bloemfontein - Accreditation for the ANC's centenary festivities started off smoothly on Wednesday morning.

The University of the Free State, the scene for accreditation for media, public servants, service providers and attendees, was abuzz, with officials on standby to ensure there were no delays.

More than 100 000 people were expected in Bloemfontein to mark the ANC's 100th anniversary this week, with celebrations expected to be attended by several heads of state.

The ANC had invited some 6 000 guests. Party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Tuesday about 800 journalists had applied for accreditation to cover the event.


He said the ruling party was happy with its organising committee's preparations for the centenary in the capital, where the South African Native National Congress was founded on January 8, 1912. It was renamed the African National Congress in 1923.

The main celebration would start on Friday. On Sunday party leader President Jacob Zuma would deliver the annual January 8 speech. On Saturday there would be intercultural events at the Mangaung outdoor sports grounds and a music show.

Details of logistics and the programme would be made public at a media conference in Bloemfontein on Wednesday afternoon.

The army and police would be used to ensure security. Airspace around Bloemfontein would be restricted between January 5 and 10.

ANC national executive committee members were expected to visit all the regions in the Free State until Saturday, to ensure party supporters attended festivities.

Elective conference

The centenary festivities were reportedly seen as a preview of the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in December, where loyalty for President Jacob Zuma would be tested.

The ANC Youth League reportedly wanted Zuma replaced by Kgalema Motlanthe, and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe replaced by ANC national executive member Fikile Mbalula.

Former President Thabo Mbeki confirmed his attendance for the centenary celebrations on Tuesday. This was the first time Mbeki would be present at an ANC event of this magnitude since his ousting from the presidency in 2008.

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  • Bardy - 2012-01-04 12:20

    That is R4000 per guest that will be spent. I have no more words for the ANC. R4000 could have put food on the table for a family for a month! This is a disgrace! Why have they not spent the money on the people to celebrate their 100 years and fill some hungry stomachs rather than a party? And the sad thing is come next elections, the same people will vote for them again!!!

      Beetroot - 2012-01-04 12:46

      You cant teach a broom how to sweep. Let them vote over and over again!!! Viva peanut! Viva !

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-04 12:21

    Questions for accreditation: "How much can you drink"? "How often do you steal public money"? = Lots! OK, you are accredited.

  • Citizen - 2012-01-04 12:25

    'Greetings comrade, here's you badge, over there is the kissing corner, on the other side is the Breitling get together, in the middle is the Johnny Walker Blue label discussion panel and over at the back is the Za Sushi bar... Welcome and dont forget your slice of the South African tender pie before you leave'!

  • Rob - 2012-01-04 12:29

    In the spirit of openness and tolerance I wish them well, and trust that all of the interactions there will respect the diversity of views about the performance of the ANC and its members. And in the spirit of humanism, so often adopted by the comrades, I hope that each and every delegate thinks about the number of houses not built and meals not eaten as a result of the cost of the event

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-04 12:29

    If I steal R40 from someone else, it's theft. When the ANC steals R400 million from taxpayers, it's party time!!

      Eish - 2012-01-04 12:43

      @ Gerhard if is stealling how come the HAWKS/SAPS/PUBLIC PROTECTOR are not in their case; and DA is not talking ANC to court

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-04 12:55

      i once tried to TALK someone to court it just didn't work out...

      Mfanafuthi - 2012-01-04 13:13

      @Gerhard, you have a right to raise your concern with the Public Protector. She has done well so far in exposing corruption.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-04 13:24

      I stand corrected, they told us they were going to use R400 million of our hard earned money for this party that will benefit 100,000 people. Since they told us about it, it cannot be theft or corruption. It cannot be wrong either.

  • Eish - 2012-01-04 12:38

    It will be interesting to see President Jacob Zuma and former president Thabo Mbeki under one roof I can just imagine the body languages between them.

  • The-third - 2012-01-04 12:48

    Since I contribute to this nonsense via tax I am entitled to a few invites too, surely?

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-04 12:56

    i hope they all get jippo's!

  • mholthuysen - 2012-01-04 12:59

    What is everyone getting a brick as accreditation?

  • Garth - 2012-01-04 12:59

    Know who I hate more than the useless, useless anc? All the non-anc free loaders. We all know how idiotic it is for the ineptocrats to waste R400m of our money on their piss-up. But does there have to be people, who perceive themselves to be normal, ethical South Africans, making money out of this criminal act? These `people' who do not support the anc, but are quite prepared to rake in the big bucks paid by these idiots, are benefiting from this theft. These supposedly intelligent people tender for these events, with their fake anc membership cards, hoping to score big; fully aware that the useless anc is spending SA Taxpayers' hard-earned and even harder-paid money on themselves. Too many people, whites in particular, have enriched themselves at the taxpayers' expense. The prevention of corruption begins with self.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-04 13:29

      cool story bro!

  • Sledge - 2012-01-04 13:02

    @ HASANE Dis BAAS vir jou.

  • Sam - 2012-01-04 13:32

    we wish all our enemies prosperous New Yr as an organisation annointed by God to free our people from sufferings of white regime

      Silver - 2012-01-04 13:41

      "annointed by God" Your kidding right? Oh wait satin is also a god... my bad.

      roftyleroux - 2012-01-04 14:24

      anointed by God ... hahahahahahahahahahahahaha ... you mean forefathers and tokkelosies. Dont you dare link your party with GOD! No political party can make that claim.

  • Lungani - 2012-01-04 13:38

    Can someone please explain to me how does the ANC's money become tax payers money. I thought you people could think but surely I was wrong. Stop misleading people.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-04 13:58 And I quote: "Taxpayers will have to pay more than R400m for the ANC's centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein." And another quote from the same article: "Cope's Casca Mokitlane said that as it is an ANC celebration, the organisation must use its own money to finance the party. The ANC however feels that the centenary celebrations form part of every South African's heritage, which is why it sees no problem in spending large sums of money. Roy Jankielsohn, leader of the DA in the Free State, said it would be highly irregular for a political party to tap into national, provincial and municipal budgets to pay for its celebrations." Proof yet again that the ANC voters are oblivious to what their elected leaders are doing with their tax money. Lungani, you are the one being mislead by your comrades.

      roftyleroux - 2012-01-04 14:31

      I paid my taxes like proper citizen, but when it was time to for my Tax Return to handed in I phoned SARS and told them I'd like to claim back all my tax. They were quite surprised and wanted to know why. I told them I donated it to charity (ANC elite, Poor People, Malema's Mansion, Selebi's Hospital Cost). And charity donations are tax deductible. Loop Hole Perhaps? Hahaha!

      Eish - 2012-01-04 15:54

      @roftyleroux where is your A18

      Garth - 2012-01-04 16:12

      Read the article and related articles and ` I thought you people could think but surely I was wrong. Stop misleading people.'

  • Rob - 2012-01-04 13:39

    I guess a few people here will have had to justify their promotional spend budget to a very senior company know, the guy that has to answer to the shareholders. The question that always got to the core of things was "How much of the spend on that particular item is going to contribute DIRECTLY to the top line sales". What do you think this conference will generate, maybe tenders for bigger seats in council.

  • jacques.teebs - 2012-01-04 14:24

    Does anybody know where Suzy (the waitress who allegedly poisoned the All Blacks in 1995) works now? I would love to organize her a job at this shindig. Alternatively, can someone PLEASE organize one of those nifty laser-guided missiles? If you could blow this lot up, it would be the best thing that could ever happen to South Africa. Even better if they can get Bob Mugabe to sit next to Malema. I would point that laser myself, given the opportunity.

      Lesley - 2012-01-04 16:35

      just try we will sure you who we are.

  • Power - 2012-01-04 19:31

    We can argue, discuss, debate, etc. One thing is for certain : Africa is Africa.

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