The main event will be addressed by national treasurer Paul Mashatile.
The ANC in the Mpumalanga province has distanced itself from the sale of liquor while preparations for its 108th birthday party are underway in Witbank.
The party said the selling of alcohol packages at build-up programmes portrays the anniversary of the party “in a negative light”.
Acting provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali said the ANCYL’s programme at Die Heuwel Shisanyama, where people would buy VIP tables on Friday 31 January 2020 – tables which will include expensive brands of alcohol such as Glenfiddich, Veuve Clicquot, Hennesy and Hendricks as well as Ice Tropez was not part of the party’s build up programmes leading up to the 108 birthday celebrations.
The 108th birthday celebration will be at the Sy Mthimunye stadium in Ackerville the coming Saturday 1 February and will be addressed by national treasurer Paul Mashatile and acting provincial chairman Mandla Ndlovu.
The pre-birthday bash is hosted by the Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane faction under the banner of the ANCYL and features provincial spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini who on the poster is said to be supported by the league in “executing her revolutionary task”.
Ntshalintshali said this pre-party or build-up programme by the league “is a misinterpretation of what the ANC stands for”.
“We therefore request all our structures and the broader society to exercise the highest form of discipline and ensure that together we host a successful and peaceful January 8 anniversary of the ANC,” she said.
“Any form of disruption will not be tolerated,” said Ntshalintshali.
“The ANC provincial leadership would like to reprimand ill-discipline and unethical conduct by any member and [members must] refuse to be cohered into programmes that seek to divide the organisation,” the secretary said.
Ntshalintshali added there is “only one” ANC programme and “the centre must hold”.
(edited by MLM)
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