Vendors cash in on ANC merchandise at NGC

2010-09-22 00:00

VENDORS outside the venue of the African National Congress National General Council (NGC) in Durban are making a killing with party-branded merchandise they are selling.

Bisto Moleleki from Port Elizabeth travelled to Durban for the NGC on Sunday and started selling ANC flags on arrival in the afternoon at the registration area at the city hall.

The flags, at a price of R80 each, have been “selling like hotcakes”, Moleleki told The Witness, full of smiles.

He said he has sold more than 200 flags since the beginning of the NGC.

Moleleki, waving his flags high during the interview, said he believes the items are particularly popular because people want to have them ready for next year’s local government elections.

Another vendor who travelled long and far to cash in on the ANC Indaba is Cassius Mabuza, who came all the way from Limpopo.

He is delighted that his ANC-branded shirts have been doing so well.

Priced at R200 each, he said he had already sold nine shirts, and 15 caps at a cost of R50 each, by yesterday afternoon.

“Things are going well for most of the vendors here; we are getting a lot of support from the delegates,” Mabuza said.

But a number of vendors did not want to speak to the media of their profits as they felt their lives could be in danger.

“What do you think thugs are going to do when they read in the papers that we are making a lot of money here; they are going to rob us. We cannot comment on this issue,” said one of the vendors, to nods of approval from others.

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