Tweede Nuwe Jaar turns into political ‘carnival’

The ANC accused the DA-led City of Cape Town of trying to undermine its celebrations.

FILE: Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA)-led City of Cape Town is trying to "undermine" the ANC's anniversary celebrations, the ruling party said on Monday.

The ANC accused the council of imposing "draconian" conditions on hosting Saturday's event.

The party will host its 103rd birthday celebrations at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

The ANC's birthday bash will run from 8 to 10 January.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe blamed the DA for postponing the annual Cape Minstrel Parade, which was supposed to take place on 2 January.

This despite the fact that carnival organisers twice announced postponements to the event.

The Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade could now coincide with the ANC's event, if the Cape minstrels obtain the necessary permission to host the carnival on the same day.

This would result in road closures and congestion in the city centre.

Mantashe said, "Why did the DA keep postponing the Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade?"

ANC leaders say the city also demanded a R2,2 million upfront payment to hire the stadium.