By Kaya 959 Reporter
Social media users showed no mercy on the ANC after the ruling party announced its launch of a crowdfunding campaign.
Party spokesperson, Pule Mabe, said the ANC launched a new strategy for fundraising that is responsive to the Political Party Funding Act requirements.
Mabe said crowdfunding is aimed at mobilising ANC members and supporters to participate in funding ANC programmes and activities.
“The ANC Crowdfunding came into effect on 12 August 2021 to encourage ANC members and supporters to make a contribution into a centralised and single account. We are hopeful that the plan will generate active interest in the sustenance of the organisation. We are encouraged by the initial response and we hope to continue to grow participation,” he explained.
Mabe said the Political Party Fund Act requires the declaration of all donations of R100,000 and above, and the ANC will declare such donations to the IEC.
Social media users slammed the party for the venture.
This group will even loot the donation money, ayikho cool le gang.
— Tshepo Manganye (@tshepomoringa) August 29, 2021
I think ZA peeps have contributed enough, albeit without their permission.
— Mathew (@mbsev) August 29, 2021
Just take a 25% salary haircut on the ANC ministers, deputies, MECs, president, premiers etc for 3 months. Your immediate payment issues will be resolved. pic.twitter.com/Ay6ujh9ylR
— Dikankatla Selahle (@selahled) August 29, 2021
Ask the tenderpreneurs.
— Poroza (@mpho3435) August 28, 2021
ANC staff down tools over unpaid salaries
Meanwhile, ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile has slammed reports that a group of businesspeople had donated money to him.
Mashatile said the claims were false and malicious.
He added that the ‘fake news’ were designed to cause confusion on the matter of staff salaries.
“We want to assure everybody that our challenges will be resolved based on a number of initiatives approved by the National Officials. These include crowdfunding, increasing membership fees and levies. We have already agreed with provinces to take over the salary bill in provinces and this came into effect in the past two months,” he said.
Last week, ANC staff around the country downed tools over ongoing payment disputes with management.
“The ANC remains committed to resolving outstanding issues of delayed salaries,” Mabe said.