Taste of the ANC warmth
MINING magnate Patrice Motsepe played host to President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday night at the ruling party's dinner to celebrate the ANC's 101st anniversary in Durban.
Motsepe is uniquely tied to the ANC through family relations and is one of the party's leading financial backers. Two of his sisters, Tshepo and Bridgette, are married to Ramaphosa and Jeff Radebe respectively.
Radebe is the minister of justice and a member of the ANC's national executive committee (NEC).
Before Zuma's arrival at the International Convention Centre on Friday, Motsepe was seated at the same table as Ramaphosa and Radebe. He later moved to his own table, where he was joined by the president.
The dinner was organised to raise funds for the ANC and for the party to interact with businesspeople.
Corporates buy tables and the one who spends the most money shares a table with the ANC president. Motsepe was the "winner".
The cheapest table went for R50 000 with the most expensive going for R1.5million.
The ANC raised an estimated R10million.
Zuma told the guests that criticism against the ANC was nothing new and that even the apartheid government called former president Nelson Mandela a terrorist but later embraced and praised him.
Zuma said the ANC knew what it was doing and would continue to build a prosperous country.
"No country on the continent can equal the record we have in 18 years. Those who want to see the future of the country should look at the ANC.
"The ANC is able to tell you where we are going."
He told the guests it was warm in the ANC and "very cold out there. If you leave the ANC you die..."
Earlier in the day, the NEC met to discuss the president's address and nominated leaders to head the party's subcommittees.
Sports minister Fikile Mbalula was replaced by Nomvula Mokonyane as head of mobilising and Enoch Godongwana takes over from Max Sisulu as head of economic transformation.