The African National Congress on Wednesday celebrated its 108th year in existence. Celebrations were seen throughout South Africa and it was a time where all people came together to celebrate the movement.
With celebrations comes controversy… As reported by The South African there are rumours that the ‘bash’ that will be hosted this coming Saturday at Rafel Lager Park Stadium could cost R50m-plus.
“25,000 people to attend”
The ANC released a statement that they are expecting 25,000 people to attend the event if more people attend they have accommodated for an emergency overflow ground to be available.
“Transport has been arranged”
With the sheer amount of people to be expected to attend the celebrations comes a logistical nightmare – getting people to the event. Released in a statement by the ANC they have pledged to “ferry thousands of supporters to the stadium from in and around the province of the Northern Cape, including from other neighbouring provinces”
Busies, mini-buses, trains and other modes of transport will be used to ensure the public can arrive at the event. With a wide variety of transport available we believe a large percentage of the rumoured cost of the event will be spent on transport.
Traffic has been anticipated to be high so the ANC has ensured that there will be road closures in certain areas to ensure safety, Authorities will be available to direct the public towards designated entry points to the venue.
Many South African’s live in darkness due to load shedding, some are confused at how so much money can be spent on celebrations when major issues are still present in the country.
Helen Zille took to Twitter expressing her opinion of workers fixing potholes in the area. She also stated that the ANC were struggling to pay their staff but somehow have found some money to host the celebrations.
Sweetness, I was in North West. Drove over the very worst potholes I have ever seen. Had to get to Kimberley airport. You couldn't miss the ANC. The place is drenched in their colours. I thought they couldn't pay their staff salaries but there must be some money somewhere.— Helen Zille (@helenzille) January 9, 2020
CrankyGran expressed their opinion, unsure how the ANC can be big spenders whilst many are suffering from poverty.
I’m interested to know how #ANC big shots can stay in 5 star hotels, eat extremely well, drink copious amounts of expensive alcohol, and then go to campaign in shacks with no water or electricity and pretend ANC is busy fixing lives? How can they look these people in the eyes?— CrankyGran (@Cranky_Gran) January 8, 2020
Many people are expressing their disappointment with load-shedding whilst the ANC are seen to be spending millions on celebratory parties.
"Load shedding" was supposed to stop at 8am today. Now we are told it will continue until tomorrow morning when they will tell us it will continue over the weekend. Meanwhile the ANC are partying in Kimberley and congratulating themselves on a job well done.— Prof David Bullard (@lunchout2) January 9, 2020