Contractors working on the Edendale Road construction site were taken aback after they realized that they had been hoodwinked by the ANC.
According to the contractors, ANC Councillors asked them to donate funds for “community projects” but later put the fund into the party’s campaign pocket.
One of the contractors disclosed they donated R100 each at the request of the Councillors to the ANC for awarding them contracts and assisting the community.
“They told us that the ANC has given us jobs. Therefore we should assist the community by contributing money towards other projects, especially for those who are volunteering.
Even if they had told us where the contribution was going, it would still be unfair. Not all of us are ANC supporters. And again if you do not pay or object to their orders, you could lose your job,” the contractor said.
Meanwhile, report had it that people who were due to contribute another money to the ANC have refused to do so. This is because the Edendale Road contractors raised alarm about their plight.
ANC Debunks Edendale Road Contractors’ Claims
An ANC Councillor in Ward 23, Dumisani Phungula, who addressed the issue refuted the contractor’s claims. The Councillor acknowledged that they asked people to make voluntary contributions. He claimed the workers were simply deceived.
Phungula said there is nothing wrong in people helping the ruling party. However, he advised people to pay through the right channel. He disclosed that the ANC is not forcing people to donate and should anyone be forced, such person should report to the party.
“If there is anyone who was forced to make a donation they should approach us as Councillors. He can go through the structures of the ANC so that the matter can be dealt with urgently,” he said.
In addition, Phungula’s secretary, Sanele Mtshali, admitted to leading a fund-raising drive to intensify ANC’s election campaign.
She however said “Donations are never about forcing people to give. We cannot make people give what they do not have. We also did not hire them with the expectation of something in return.”
Mtshali disclosed that the fund team approached virtually everyone in the community. She also warned people in the community of dishing out wrong statement to the media.
The party however says it believes that people who want to bring the party’s name into disrepute are the ones causing the stir.