Cape ANC decries fundraising crisis

The ANC owes nearly R2-million to the Cape Town convention centre after a conference last February. (David Harrison, M&G)

The ANC owes nearly R2-million to the Cape Town convention centre after a conference last February. (David Harrison, M&G)

Funds being raised for the Western Cape ANC are not making it to the party’s coffers, the Sunday Times reported.

 

Party provincial treasurer Fezile Calana decried the loss of funds at a general council meeting last weekend.

“You [members] have been raising money on behalf of the ANC, taking cash, [but] it never comes to the party. This includes our leagues,” he said during his financial report.

 

“This is a dangerous tendency that we consciously must stop, as it reflects [badly] on the organisation, whether it is done by an official or an ordinary member.”

 

He said it was difficult to raise funds for the branch, as businesses in the Democratic Alliance-led province were shunning the party.

 

“Normal fundraising has proven to be very difficult in the province because the business community does not see any value in being associated with the ANC or donating to the ANC.”

 

The branch also owes nearly R2-million to the Cape Town International Convention Centre for hosting its conference last February.

‘We are a resilient party’

The Mail & Guardian reported on Friday that the party recently had its office furniture attached by the sheriff of the court and its phone line cut for nonpayment of debt.

Yet ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said the apparent lack of funds would not deter the party from striving to achieve its goal of taking back the province from the Democratic Alliance in 2014.

“Just because our furniture has been attached does not mean the end of the ANC in the Western Cape,” Mjongile told the M&G. “We are a resilient party.
We have been loaned furniture and computers and our office is up and running.”

Asked whether it could still campaign without its own computers and database, Mjongile said it was all about getting out to the people.

“Campaigning is done at grass roots,” he said. “You can’t campaign just by sitting in an office.”

Mjongile said ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa was going to step in to help the party to settle an outstanding debt of about R1.8-million it owes to the convention centre.

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