- The African National Congress is celebrating its 109th anniversary on Friday
- Members of the ruling party took to social media to take in the moment
- While the ANC was jovial, the rest of South Africa was far from feeling festive
The ANC is currently celebrating its 109th anniversary on Friday, with the party's top dogs taking to social media in an attempt to spread the cheer.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula lauded the movement as a beacon of hope in the country:
"To the oldest liberation movement in the African continent, the beacon of hope for the oppressed, disadvantaged and economically excluded, happy birthday to the ANC."
Head of Digital Communications in the Presidency, Athi Geleba, insisted that the ANC lives on:
"Happy birthday to the oldest and largest liberation movement on the African content. The glorious movement of President Oliver Tambo! The ANC Lives! The ANC Leads!"
The celebrations are being virtually hosted this year, with a number of addresses leading up to President Cyril Ramaphosa himself.
Ramaphosa is expected to address the party and citizens on Friday evening at 19:00 to celebrate the milestone.
While the party did its best to relish the moment, many weren't in the mood to join in the fun.
Former Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane's birthday wish was far from flattering:
"Happy birthday Party popper to the ANC you have come a long way from the days of exemplary leadership and occupying the moral high ground."
"Now we worry about the education our children receive, we worry about looted funds and a lack of regional leadership."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that on 8 January 1912, the African National Congress (ANC) was officially formed.
The ANC is now celebrating its 109th birthday but many South Africans have taken the opportunity to call the ruling party out.
As always, it's "Voetsek Friday" on Twitter and SAns have turned all their attention onto the ANC. #VoetsekANC has been at the top of the Twitter trend list since the early hours of Friday morning with many frustrated tweeps using the hashtag.
Number two on the trending list is "#ANC109" which includes a few congratulatory messages and a lot of frustration.