“The national tally so far, we have spent over R1 billion. Remember we do posters for candidates, we do billboards, we have trucks and money and food for volunteers.”
Those were the words of the ANC head of elections Nomvula Mokonyane while she revealed ANC’s election campaign spend.
Mokonyane hinted that the preparation and campaigning for the upcoming elections has cost the ruling party more than R1 billion.
According to her, the national tally includes the cost of paying volunteers, holding rallies, buying t-shirts and preparing electoral candidate lists.
Following the ANC’s election campaign spend Mokonyane revealed, reports have it that the ruling party is preparing to take disciplinary sanctions against her.
The ruling party distanced itself from Mokonyane’s statement.
Speaking for ANC, its spokesperson Zizi Kodwa pointed out that Mokonyane has no right to speak on the party’s financial matters. Only ANC’s Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize is allowed to talk about such issues, he said.
Kodwa remarked: “Firstly we don’t account in public or anywhere. We don’t speculate about the spending of the organisation to the media.”
With that, the ANC Spokesperson hinted that disciplinary actions could be taken against Mokonyane for her remarks.
Citing ANC’s Secretary-general, Kodwa added that “anybody who comments about this issue to the media would need to be disciplined in line with the of the organisation’s internal processes.”
Speaking, ANC’s Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said: “As I said last week and I am repeating it…decisions in the ANC are taken by structures. If you wake up and do as you wish you are actually fishing for trouble.
Nomvula was ahead of herself. In an organisation, decisions are taken formally. You don’t take a decision like a lone wolf.”
Mantashe was also referring to Mokonyane’s endorsement of Marius Fransman.