5 February 2014

South Africa: SA Political Fundraising - Messy, Ugly, Dirty, Necessary


Spare a thought for South Africa's opposition parties who don't have a leather biker's jacket - marinated in the sweat of Jacob Zuma hot off the campaign trail - to auction off at R400,000 to raise funds.

They can't even dispense celestial blessings or promises to businesses that give generously so that they will prosper and thrive for all eternity.

For opposition party leaders, fundraising is a dirty business, "the chemotherapy" of politics in the words of former DA leader, Tony Leon. A cash-strapped Agang and its leader, Mamphela Ramphele, learned it the hard way. By MARIANNE THAMM.

It didn't take long for ANC national spokesperson, Jackson Mthembu, to wake up a paranoid dog that had been sleeping for about 12 months, since Gwede Mantashe had first suggested in February 2013 that Agang might be "an American initiative aimed at channelling money to destabilise the South African government."

Let us pause momentarily to reflect that South Africans should count ourselves lucky that the Gupta brothers are South African citizens (we presume), lest we are tempted to level the same charge at Mthembu, the ruling party and the numerous breakfasts we taxpayers have been bankrolling for the New Age. And the ...

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