Reports reaching our news desk indicates that the ANC has dissociated itself from extension of trading hours to sell alcohol during Anniversary.

According to the ANC’s spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, the party condemns the decision by the Gauteng Liquor Board to extend the trading hours to sell alcohol during the ANC’s anniversary celebrations this weekend.

“The decision by the Gauteng Liquor board to extend trading hours has nothing to do with ANC. We condemn it.” Kodwa said. “Linking the extension of liquor trading hours with January 8 was malicious,” he added.

 Kodwa was responding to outrage that the liquor authority had relaxed its rules for the ANC’s 105th birthday celebrations on January 8.

He said the ruling party had not applied for liquor trading hours to be extended and it had only become aware of the Gauteng Liquor Board’s decision when it was announced on Tuesday.

Kodwa’s response comes after the ANC Women’s League slammed the Gauteng Liquor Board on Tuesday evening, saying the decision to relax rules created a negative perception that the ANC birthday celebrations were simply an occasion to get drunk.

“We will not allow this historic event to be viewed as a drinking spree,” the league said.


Hinnews recalls that the liquor board had on Tuesday announced that there would be “special dispensation licences”, essentially a weekend pass, for licensed alcohol traders for the ruling party’s birthday celebrations this weekend.

 

The ANC celebrations will take place at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Sunday.