Centenary event runaway success - ANC

2012-01-10 17:28

Bloemfontein - The ANC's centenary celebrations in the Free State were a "runaway success", the party said on Tuesday.

“It was a wonderful and successful centenary celebration,” ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told reporters in Bloemfontein.

Due to the party's plan, all venues for Sunday’s big event were filled to capacity - Bloemfontein's Free State Stadium, the neighbouring athletic and cricket stadiums and the park at Loch Logan.

Mthembu said security guards had their hands full redirecting people to new venues and eventually had to advise them to watch the main events on television at houses or hotels.

"It was beyond our expectations."

Mthembu thanked the event's sponsors, the Mangaung municipality's residents who opened up their homes, and the media for the successful and incident-free event.

Mthembu said the public's generosity had once again confirmed the African National Congress remained a people's organisation, irrespective of class and ideology.

He said more heads of state, former heads of state and government leaders had arrived than expected. The coverage the event enjoyed overseas was huge.

He apologised for "glitches" with the accreditation process which had affected everybody from heads of state, to guests, performers, the media and service providers.

Party officials planned to meet with the different groups and apologise in person.

"We are honest people the ANC. We messed up in a few aspects, but with the majority of the individuals and groups it went very well."

Mthembu said because the party had underestimated the scale of the event no one was spared any inconvenience at some stage.

On Tuesday, the ANC’s centenary flame was already in Brandfort as the provincial program of the party's centenary celebrations started. Every province would host the flame and focus on provincial events and during the coming year.

The ANC would return to Bloemfontein in December 2012 for its elective conference.

  • Bardy - 2012-01-10 17:35

    That's not what I heard?

      trevor06 - 2012-01-10 17:52

      "We are honest people the ANC" - Are you kidding me? You are the most corrupt political party i can think of! If anyone has driven along the Argyle road in Durban, or through Durban CBD, the poverty is just sick! Along Florida road, you have 4year old kids begging for money! HOW CAN YOU HONESTLY SPEND R400 Effing Million on a party, while our country is broken! YOU are the reason for our poverty and no one else's! Lets just change our name to South Zimbabwe because that's where we are headed!

      craigtjames - 2012-01-10 18:20

      The moment you have to tell someone you are honest, is when you know you must be careful. But,.......... with champagne going through our lips, we are drinking for you, poor people who do not even have water to drink. What did Marie Antoinette say before she was decapitated - "if the poor do not have bread, let them eat cake" Eish

      Squeegee - 2012-01-10 18:30

      Like a runaway train...

      Mantsho - 2012-01-10 19:11

      me too l heard so many embarrassing staff about this party on Radio,and this man who look like drunk addict admitted everything.

      Daft - 2012-01-10 19:40

      Yea right ANC...Runaway with the tax payers money !!!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-10 17:40

    A success for whom? The people who still live in shacks or the criminals who steal in plain sight?

  • Kim - 2012-01-10 17:41

    And they ran away with our hard earned Taxpayers money too.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-10 17:41


  • braamc - 2012-01-10 17:47

    Let us through tax payers money at the problem, runaway success, just more theft.

  • Jay - 2012-01-10 17:49

    I dont think he was at the same event that the press were at!

      Kim - 2012-01-10 17:52

      They live in their own little bubbles Jay. One day they will all go "poof"

  • Shalin - 2012-01-10 17:54

    Somebody died, the deputy president said that they're drinking on behalf of the people, and the stadium emptied out during Zuma's exciting 90 minute long marathon, but yeah it was a success :/

      Sean - 2012-01-11 13:05

      Everyone left successfully before the speech bored them to bits and before any stampede could have taken place!

  • Gungets - 2012-01-10 17:54

    No, give ou Jackson his due, this time he is telling the truth. And it only took ou Showerkop and 60 minutes of his drivel as well. ---->

  • Shirley - 2012-01-10 17:54

    A runaway success for those who drank the best champane,stayed in the best hotels,had the blue lights flashing and rivers of Johnnie blue! For the poor and homeless it means waiting even longer for upliftment as they have spent ALL the money!

      Shirley - 2012-01-10 17:55


      Leon - 2012-01-11 01:30

      it was a success for the poor as well: some of them not only saw champagne for the first time in their life but they also had the privilege to watch our president drink it for them...what a privelage

      Sean - 2012-01-11 13:09

      Ah, Flambe' I'll have that and Champagne - French of course!

  • Frank - 2012-01-10 17:56

    The old story,they all ran away with something.Just another repeat of the African senario

  • StarStruck - 2012-01-10 17:57

    Thank God it's over and done with. Now they can focus their attention on job creation and I have a great suggestion - Why is everything being imported from China? Even bed lamps. We have roughly 12 million jobless people, they can do something like this. What I cannot understand is that the government does not invest the time and money into getting South African businesses to buy local merchandise

      Shirley - 2012-01-10 18:09

      They would lose too many kickbacks and undeclared bonuses. Its not whats good for the country but whats good for self enrichment.

      Ronald - 2012-01-10 18:31

      I do not begrudge the ANC their celebration, but still think that the money could have been spent better, i.g. it is estimated by the SA government that it costs about R60 000 to create a sustainable job. R400 Million could have created 6 600 new jobs. Add to that the R100 Million of the Youth Conference, then the job tally goes up to 8 300. It is immoral to think that the cost of these parties could have created a sustainable income for 33 200 if the average worker supports 4 people. It might be a drop in the bucket, but the long term results would snowball.

      Leon - 2012-01-11 01:34

      that money was well spent! -our economy grew exponentially because of this party...-someone had to produce the johny walker, no?

      Joubs1957 - 2012-01-11 13:02

      How do you employ people who strike for anything. No productivity only demands, demands. No added value due to workers ethics - That is our jobless people. If I own a company I would rather employ Chinese people.

  • bounca363 - 2012-01-10 18:09

    "was" not "were"!!!!

  • 1CRAZYONE - 2012-01-10 18:13

    Spend R400 million on a party and then discuss poverty a housing for poor.... Still think the ANC are a 'CLEVA' bunch????

  • 1CRAZYONE - 2012-01-10 18:16


  • Nick - 2012-01-10 18:17

    It's funny because literally thousands left during Zuma's speech. Runaway Success indeed...

      Leon - 2012-01-11 01:37

      it started with a walk-away; then turned into a run-away and eventually a bus-away....but you have to admit, all three phases happened extremely successfully

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-01-10 18:18

    Keep saying it and you may convince a few idots that it was sucksessful.

  • Anton Mönnig - 2012-01-10 18:20

    "We are honest people the ANC" LOL, that's already a lie. Haha, well done with your event though, now start focussing on the future please.

  • Piet - 2012-01-10 18:23

    Wonder how much of the 400 million ended up in Cadre pockets!

  • Comrade - 2012-01-10 18:23


  • Traygon - 2012-01-10 18:24

    "Run away success" - Zuma successfully made the people run away during his speech, they did not want to share the booze with them - Thats why: "Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe proposed a toast and told the half-empty stadium that if they did not have champagne, they could take photographs of their leaders drinking, or raise clenched fists. "The leaders will now enjoy the champagne, and of course they do so on your behalf through their lips," he said." LoL @ ANC

  • braamc - 2012-01-10 18:26

    The gravy is just to good!

      Sean - 2012-01-11 13:15

      What gravy - Nandos' gravy?

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-01-10 18:41


      Jerhone - 2012-01-10 18:48

      Right then comrades and cadres it's back to your shacks while we return to our palaces you zombies, we will entice you out of your shacks come 2014 with a glorious chicken and a t-shirt Viva Suckers Viva

      Beetroot - 2012-01-10 19:00

      jerhone... I dont know if I can go to sleep that early. I mean I have electricity and a a bottle of JW black. I might just stoke the braai for a while an ponder on my view over the mountains. Its too early to say, but I do know I need to be up by 08:00 to go have breakfast.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-10 19:05

      I forgot to mention that I always get approached by these poor little previously disadvantaged children at the traffic lights who beg. While there pregnant mothers sit under the tree. They always say "sorry but can you...." But I always block them with "Dont be sorry Fukoff! ask Zuma" Is that fair? .... yes of course it is!! He has 5 wives!!! He certainly should know what children want!!!

  • Herbert - 2012-01-10 18:45

    I'm so glad that Christianity which brought on old age homes and poverty to the masses also brought on clothes and a taste for champagne! Imagine the crowd at Bloem with only the traditional African "stepping-outs" -- "stertriem" and a wee bit of loin cloth.!!! Why were the missionaries so stupid in the past to try and change them!!!!

  • Grant - 2012-01-10 19:19

    Even if I had not read the reports and comments on this forum, I would still know the event had been a fiasco. The reason? An ANC official is incapable of telling the truth even if it would be in their best interests to do so. A runaway success? Half the crowd ran away when Zuma was trying to read his speach and most of the rest ran away when it the thunder storm broke. No mention of who the foreign heads of state were. Mugabe would have been one, but who else? When all those people who were bused in return home to their shacks they will relate their experience. I think Zuma has seen his ar$e.

      Sam - 2012-01-10 20:08

      why did join the party if you were interested to see the leaders

  • anselmo.coelho1 - 2012-01-10 20:08

    You can fool some people sometime but you cannot fool all the people all of the time......

      Leon - 2012-01-11 01:43

      no no, you CAN fool ALL the anc supporters ALL the time

  • Jeffrey - 2012-01-10 20:10

    ""We are honest people the ANC. We messed up in a few aspects..." Actually, no you aren't, and you've messed up big time in more than a few aspects.

      Sean - 2012-01-11 13:20

      Nandos is laughing all the way to the bank!

  • Robi - 2012-01-10 21:16

    It was not centenary, but JZ electioneering

  • Marais Van den Berg - 2012-01-10 21:34

    It seems that the success lies in the many thousands who "ran away" during Zuma's speech.

  • Mboneni - 2012-01-10 23:19

    The ANC is 100yrs old,but do not have ideas as to how to improve our health system especialy in rural areas where patients overnight without treatment.Our education system which is being sustained by adding a percentage to effect a pass rate,corruption is now a cronic deseas in govt.The organisation has became so weak or aged that it can not stop the infighting which is threatening the wellbeing of the organisation

  • Deon - 2012-01-10 23:54

    Huge coverage overseas? I think not! I didn't see a second's worth of coverage in the UK.

      Deon - 2012-01-11 08:01

      What has made international news and has made people shake their heads in disbelief is the savage stampede at UJ. Where in the world does university enrolment become life-threatening?? How are these people going to complete degrees and run corporations and the country if they can't even stand in a civilised queue? It really is beyond me!!

  • IrvinIco - 2012-01-11 06:20

    Yes the event looked well organised and enjoyable but R400million could have built many RDp houses, or fixed some inhumane toilets somewhere in the Free State.After its not the ANC money but taxpayers.PLEASE SET PRIORITIES RIGHT

  • Garth - 2012-01-11 06:49

    `"We are honest people the ANC.' Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, heee! Needed a good laugh this morning. `. . . a "runaway success"', yeah we watched in wonderment as the anc ignorants ran away from their president's speech. Useless, just fvcken useless.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-11 08:17

      I dont know why they just dont say that they were the first into space.... Its just as true!

  • sb.prins1 - 2012-01-11 07:58

    The centenary celebrations was terrible, Zuma's speech was dull and had no life to it. What was being said was really not heartfelt in my opinion. I commned the ANC for sure for their struggle during Apartheid, I was once an ANC member as well, like the most of my school friends growing up in CPT. We did the marches, were chased and beaten up by cops for demonstratiing etc...but since Madiba has left, the ANC has lost all respect I have for them. From having great leaders like Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Sol Plaatje, Waletr Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, well you see my point. Reason history has shown that the ANC leaders of today only care about their deep pockets and fulling it up to the brim. Corruption is rife and they blatantly stay in their positions, what does that show to the poor people of South Africa? I love my country but, enough is enough, wake up ANC, wake up South Africa, WE HAVE CHOICES AND AT THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS I WILL MAKE MY CHOICE AND VOTE FOR CHANGE

  • Ryan - 2012-01-11 08:36

    "We are honest people the ANC" - bahahaha.

  • Enlightened - 2012-01-11 08:44

    That's not what was reported or what I saw on TV. Anyway, I hope the champagne the leaders had on behalf of the attendants (the words om Mothlanthe) tasted good. Clowns

  • phangolicious - 2012-01-11 09:56

    This was the day I forgave "Apartheid Peddlers & White racists" ...... this day felt like a heavy brick & Pain were lifted on my shoulders ..... Thanx to the ANC, and now the future "Listen to the final song which was sang by all the artists, then ANC policies will move in a right direction" ........ "To the black child, Stop folding your arms, waiting for free handouts, now the time to work harder than the East has come"

      Ian - 2012-01-11 13:44

      And I hope you spread that message.

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-11 10:21

    "We are honest people the ANC. We messed up in a few aspects, but with the majority of the individuals and groups it went very well." with all the corruption lets see when asked who raises their hands. No Anc member especially will give up their additional income by means of squandering public funds. ANC = THIEVING ba$tards that care nothing about poverty.

  • Patrick - 2012-01-11 10:49

    iam living in south zimbabwe people who think this is south africa must be bananas

      Jason - 2012-01-11 11:50

      Your profile says you live in California Patrick, so have a cup of shutthef#ckup you idiot

  • Sean - 2012-01-11 12:29

    "Run away" to Nandos yes!

  • Sean - 2012-01-11 13:54

    Were any tenders for rhinos a prerequisite for guests to attend the .... up party? Any Leopard skins handed out as gifts on behalf of our poor majestic animals nearing extinction?

  • Tahseen - 2012-01-11 14:59

    hahahahahahahahaha, Crack me up..Runaway success? More like everyone wanted to run away.. Liars

  • Robi - 2012-01-11 17:48

    it was very succesful in empowering immediate friends and wasting 100 millions.

  • Walter - 2012-01-13 10:58

    I wonder how they rate the 'success' - with the amount of hangovers people had?

  • Johan - 2012-01-14 02:10

    Oh, they are happy with so little.

  • alexandra.nett - 2012-01-29 12:18


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