- The smaller events leading up to the African National Congress's 110th anniversary celebrations turned chaotic
- The ruling party held a rally in Mankweng Park on 7 January, which Deputy President David Mabuza did not attend
- President Ramaphosa was scheduled to address the ANC Youth League in Jack Botes Hall, but decided to push it back by an hour and a half
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POLOKWANE - Today (8 January) the African National Congress (ANC) celebrates its 110th anniversary in Limpopo. However, the smaller events leading up to today's celebrations turned chaotic.
The ruling party held a rally in Mankweng Park yesterday (7 January), which Deputy President David Mabuza did not attend. Due to Mabuza not showing up, scores of people left the rally after several hours of waiting for him to arrive. He did not provide a reason for not attending.
President Ramaphosa was scheduled to address the ANC Youth League in Jack Botes Hall, but decided to push it back by an hour and a half. Members of the Youth League protested outside the venue to express their frustration, City Press reports.
ANC celebration attendees vent their frustrations
One anniversary attendee, Mmapitsi Mametja, expressed their belief that the ANC's leaders have forgotten their supporters and need to look back on the previous generations of party leadership for inspiration on how to address chaotic situations.
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John Mpe, the mayor of Polokwane, managed to get the crowd of protesting supporters to calm down by arranging a big-screen television so that the overflow of people who could not get into the main venue would still be able to watch and hear Ramaphosa speak.
Many of the venues needed to use the overflow facility due to Covid-19 capacity rules, which state that a venue may not have more than 50% of its total capacity at any one time.
Reactions to ANC birthday chaos
"If it goes smooth then it's not the ANC."
"ANC must fall in 2024."
"How the mighty has fallen."
"I welcome chaos and confusion in the camp of the enemy of the people."
"But what did you expect? The C in ANC stands for Chaos."
Someone paid R1.2 million to sit next to Ramaphosa, ANC gala tickets sold out
Speaking of the ANC's birthday celebrations, Briefly News recently reported that South Africans are still trying to digest how an individual could possibly buy a ticket for R1.2 million just to sit next to President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC fundraising gala dinner.
Many were shocked when the party announced that all the tickets for the pricey dinner on 7 January, ahead of the ANC's 110th birthday party have been sold out.
The prestigious dinner was held at the Protea Hotel Polokwane Ranch Resort. Sipho Mbele, who is the convenor of the Progressive Business Forum says there has been a high demand for the tickets.
Source: Briefly News