ANC's €9m party can't hide rifts
Published 09/01/2012 | 05:00
South Africa's ruling African National Congress staged a mass rally of 100,000 people to celebrate its centenary yesterday but the display could not disguise divisions in its ranks.
The leadership led a three-day party at a cost of R100m (€9.5m), but without an appearance by Nelson Mandela, and scant acknowledgement by President Jacob Zuma of the problems facing the party during his 90-minute speech, the mood in Bloemfontein was subdued.
Susan Mabaso (59), a street hawker from Soweto, said: "We're proud of our organisation, but we're still hungry, we're still struggling."
The ANC's role in the peaceful transition to majority black rule that came with Mr Mandela's ascent to power in 1994 remains its signature accomplishment. But it has struggled to make much headway in improving education and health. (© Daily Telegraph, London)