President Jacob Zuma tastes his 70th birthday cake, watched by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, left, and Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele, in Johannesburg earlier this month. Picture: Chris Collingridge

ANC leaders will no longer eat cake in front of party supporters at centenary rallies, according to a report on Sunday.

The matter was raised as part of ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete’s report on centenary celebrations held in Bloemfontein earlier this year, City Press reported.

“It was proposed that, for future January 8 celebrations, the eating of cake should be made private, as it does not augur well to eat in front of our members and supporters while they are not eating,” the assessment of the centenary celebrations found.

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu told the newspaper that everyone in the National Executive Committee (NEC) agreed the public cake-eating culture should be reviewed.

“The issue is, how do you celebrate 100 years of the ANC with 150 000 people, when it comes to this area of eating cake?” he was quoted as saying.

“How do we tweak this culture and make it less insensitive?”

According to the report, the cake proposal was first tabled at the NEC meeting in early February. – Sapa