ANC accuses DA of "undermining" birthday preparations

The party has accused the city of frustrating preparations for the ANC's 103rd birthday bash on Saturday.

FILE: African National Congress (ANC) leaders have accused the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led City of Cape Town of imposing "draconian" conditions on the use of Cape Town Stadium, aimed at keeping the city white. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) leaders have accused the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led City of Cape Town of imposing "draconian" conditions on the use of Cape Town Stadium, aimed at keeping the city "white".

The party has slammed the council, accusing it of frustrating preparations for the ANC's 103rd birthday celebrations on Saturday.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says their experience shows the Western Cape is an "apartheid" province.

"Our view is that we are noting this and we have a responsibility to ensure that the Western Cape gets freedom, and freedom is the freedom of movement of people and so that they can do activities voluntarily and have access to their own organisations."

On Monday, the ruling party accused the opposition of trying to "undermine" the ANC's anniversary celebrations.

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

The carnival's organisers have 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.

"Why did the DA keep postponing the Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade?" Mantashe asked.

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