The women’s league of the ruling African National Congress (ANCWL) has come against Gauteng Liquor Board’s decision allow a weekend pass on all traders of Liquor in order to celebrate the party’s 105th anniversary.
GLB, on Tuesday, announced a weekend pass on all traders of Liquor in Gauteng in preparation for the historic birthday bash for the ruling party scheduled to take place on January 8.
This, according to the board, is necessary because it would want to accommodate an influx of visitors expected at the event
Reacting to this, the ANCWL warned it will not allow the party’s event to be turned into a drinking spree following the liquor hour extension.
“The primary aim of January 8, is for the ANC to reflect on successes and challenges of the previous year and outline the organisation’s programme for the current year,” said the ANCWL.
“Members and supporters of the ANC attend January 8 statement events to listen to the president of the ANC delivering ANC NEC (National Executive Committee) statement contrary to whatever is suggested by GLB narrative.” the league added, pointing out that it will not allow “anyone or any institution” to attempt to drag the “good name and credibility” of the ANC in the mud.
“The narrative of portraying members and supporters of the ANC coming to January 8, as people who will require extra hours of purchasing liquor is a blatant attempt to insult the principles and values that the ANC stands for.”
The ANCWL appealed to the ANC-led provincial Gauteng government “under Premier Cde David Makhura to condemn this narrative by GLB which tarnishes in the good name of our glorious movement”.
Meanwhile, the Gauteng economic development department explained that GLB’s decision is a welcomed idea because the event is expected to contribute positively to the economy of the province‚ especially in the areas of tourism and hospitality.
The ANCWL concluded by saying that GLB’s weekend pass on liquor sale does not reflect the good image and values of the party at a time when the party fights to regain its lost glory. “We will not be part of this,” it said.