- The Free State government spending a cool R20 million on a farewell party for premier Ace Magashule has received a roasting on social media and from politicians within the ANC
-Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan spoke out against the expenditure of public funds for a farewell party adding that he felt greed was the main illness affecting South Africa
- Deputy President David Mabuza also lambasted the Free State government for throwing the farewell party for Magashule – now the ANC’s secretary-general
The Free State wanted a party to say farewell to Ace. However, the backlash might have been far more than they bargained for when they worked out the cost of the bash which reportedly cost R20 million.
Briefly.co.za gathers that twitter severely roasted the guest of honour for allowing such a lavish party to be thrown in his honour.
Shade was cast all over twitter, and even politicians from Magashule's own party, the ANC, got in on the action.
Deputy President David Mabuza had stern words for the Free State government for throwing the farewell party for Magashule, who left the office of premier to take up his newly elected position as the ANC’s secretary-general at Luthuli House.
The deputy president, himself a former premier of Mpumalanga, said he had also recently quit as a provincial leader and no party was held for him because there was simply no money for it.
Gordhan, speaking at an event to commemorate the life of Ahmed Kathrada on Wednesday in Johannesburg‚ criticised the planned event. “So‚ is it tomorrow that there will be a R20-million party? That’s public funds that are going to be used to celebrate the departure of the ANC secretary general from the Free State‚” he said.
Gordhan said instead of lavish parties for the few, the ANC should be returning to the principles of Kathrada which were of democracy‚ non-racialism and non-sexism, which all worked in the interest of the majority.
Meanwhile the Twitterati trolled Magashule severely on the popular social media platform, even taking a swipe at the food served to members of the public in attendance‚ which included a breakfast of two bread rolls and a drumstick.
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