With the local government elections fast approaching, the African National Congress (ANC) head of campaigns, Nomvula Mokonyane says preparation and campaigning for the upcoming municipal elections has cost the ruling party more than R1 billion.
Mokonyane divulged that the national tally includes the cost of paying volunteers, holding rallies, buying t-shirts and preparing electoral candidate lists.
“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,” she said.
Mokonyane who doubles as South Africa’s minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation was speaking on the sidelines of a door-to-door campaign in Philippi.
The campaign also had President Jacob Zuma in attendance.
Irrespective of that, she added that the party would be holding a number of rallies in all the nine provinces by the end of July – which will hopefully coincide with ANC’s national ‘Siyanqoba’ Rally.
With barely three weeks before the much-anticipated August 3 elections, many political parties in the country have been working around the clock in a bid to fix loose ends.
Independent candidates across the political spectrum have also been crisscrossing the country, drumming up support for themselves.
However, many political parties have admitted to spending millions of rand in the preparation for the high stakes local government election.
EFF elections spokesperson,Veronica Mente acknowledged their budget for campaigns runs into millions.
“It’s millions already. Posters are very expensive and banners. You have seen banners in all the metros.”
The DA’s Phumzile van Damme admitted they have spent heavily on taking the message of change to all corners of the country.
“We are taking this election, like every other election, very seriously. But this one is specifically the most important election since 1994.”
Political parties to watch out for in the elections include the ruling party (ANC), the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the Democratic Alliance (DA).