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August 14 - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and NEC member Lindiwe Zulu address journalists in Pretoria on Sunday at the end of the NEC four-day conference. Photo: ANA (Jonisayi Maromo)

ANC denies R1 billion campaign spending

The African National Congress 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 reportedly 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 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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