National 14.8.2016 09:57 pm

ANC denies R1bn campaign spending

Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The ANC did not spend anywhere near R1 billion on its August 3 municipal elections campaign, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday evening.

“We’ve received a report on the finances of the elections. I can tell you that we didn’t spend a billion [rand]. We didn’t spend half a billion,” Mantashe told reporters in Pretoria at the conclusion of the party’s four-days national executive committee meeting.

“I want to leave it at that. We didn’t spend a billion on these elections. If there is somebody walking around thinking that we spent a billion because somebody said so, we want to apologise to that person. We didn’t spend a billion, we didn’t even spend half of it, but we spent a lot of money in the elections.”

ANC head of campaigns Nomvula Mokonyane had said the governing party spent more than R1 billion in the campaign process ahead of the tightly contested polls.

Mokonyane, also an NEC member, reportedly said that the whopping amount, which attracted criticism against the ANC, was spent on holding rallies, paying volunteers, buying T-shirts, and preparing candidate lists.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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