The ANC's annual January 8th Statement gathering is a proud tradition that Oliver Tambo began in 1972, but it has been desecrated into a disgusting political orgy in which the political elite and its parasitic business class seal deals.
Like a foreign invading army, when the African National Congress chooses your province to celebrate its birthday, you are in serious trouble indeed. The leadership of the invaders fly in large numbers to your rural and poor province; thousands of vehicles, big German sedans, buses and combis congest your pot-holed small roads; the foreign army comes colourfully dressed in designer caps, expensive golf shirts and cheap T-shirts, symbolising the class position of the invaders.
For the whole week, the optics of the province are transformed. The president of the ANC, his ministers, premiers, MECs, mayors and the parasitic business elite book all the hotels, lodges and common households for six days. For at least one week, the local economy booms. The African National Congress is in town.
This January, and in anticipation of the invasion of the province of the Northern Cape, the over-enthusiastic MEC for Economic Development issued an order authorising bars, shebeens and other drinking holes to conduct business...