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So it's party time - Politicians hit Mangaung hotspots

2012-12-16 19:39:34.0 | Dimakatso Motau |

Sunday marks the first day of the ANC 53rd National Congress, in Bloemfontein.

GOING CLUBBING: Several small-time politicians were seen hanging out at Cubana Latino Caffe in Bloem on Friday night. Picture by Mohau Mofokeng

Politicians, delegates and celebs started descending on the city of roses on Thursday. On Friday some of them, particularly small-time politicians, tried to act big at Cubana Latino Caffe.

Harold Maloka, spokesperson for Collins Chabane, the Minister in the Presidency, was seen trying to charm a certain journalist but did not succeed.

He was roaming around in the bar lounge and didn't even bother going to the VIP area.

Zizi Kodwa, the communications and marketing manager for the Gauteng Film Commission, tried to hide in a dark corner of the VIP lounge, but musician Zwai Bala kept chatting to him.

Kodwa wasn't as jolly as his fellow comrades Buti Manamela, Keith Khoza and Robert Nkuna.

Cigars, cognac, whiskey and wine were the order of the night in the VIP section, which costs R10000 a night.

Other BEE small town wannabes roved around smoking cigars and buying young ladies booze.

Bala moved from the VIP area to the general area, and was all smiles throughout the night.

He was one of the last in his group of friends to leave Cubana after 4am. Manamela's last stop was the bar at 3:30am, while Kodwa disappeared at 3am.

Oddly, there were no prostitutes on the streets of Bloem on Friday night. Maybe they were gearing up for tonight.

An ANC insider says it is rare to spot high profile politicians at public spaces as they will opt to host house parties at places such as Pentagon Park Golf Estates, at which some are said to be booked.

Some congress' hotspots:

Cubana Latino Casse in the city centre caters for the elegant over 23 market. The dress code is smart-casual.

"We haven't prepared anything special for the congress, except to beef up security," says manager Julia Matthews.

There's a R200 entrance fee.

Cappello on 2nd Avenue caters for businesspeeps and families by day but becomes vibey at night.

eBukhosini Pub & Grill in Phahameng is for the mature crowd, while eKhayeni Pub & Grill in Bochabelo is for young partygoers. These two pubs are frequented by politicians.

Mahunga Car Wash next to Schoeman Park along the N8 east of Bloem is where you're likely to bump into Julius Malema, as he is known to frequent the joint.

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