ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile has slammed rumours that the party has had financial problems over the past few months.
Mashatile, during a press briefing at Hulana Park in Kimberley on Thursday, said that the governing party was not a “rich party” and allayed any rumours that the party would not be able to pay its workers in the coming months.
This is despite employees of the ANC complaining about being paid late in December 2019.
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He was asked about the ANC’s expenditure for the January 8 celebration but would not be drawn on the exact amount.
Instead he told members of the media that the ANC was an non-governmental organisation and that it relied on sponsors to fund the party.
“We are not going to make it public, we do not tell people how much we have spent for elections, we do not tell people how much we have spent for January 8. It is a private matter. We raise money, we spend on our programme,” he said.
Mashatile said the party was ready to host the thousands of people who had flocked to the province to attend the main event, which was due to be held at the Tafel Lager Stadium on Saturday.
“Arrangements for the rally are in place; everything has been arranged. We are hoping that we could start early, because it might be too hot in Kimberley. If you ask me if the preparations are in order for January 8, I will say my answer is yes,” he said.
The stadium has a capacity of 11 000 and other guests will be expected to watch from the overflow areas.
Earlier, Mashatile had a walkabout in Galeshewe, where he listened to the pleas of community members who were living in dire conditions.
He says the party had taken note of all the problems faced by community members and it was now up to the ANC to correct them.
On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa will be hosting a fun walk at 6am.
The party will then host a Golf Day at Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate and a gala dinner where Ramaphosa’s focus will be speaking to the business community.