ANC worried about international donors dictating to parties
Cape Town - The ANC says that the revelation about a mystery donor behind the ill-fated DA and Agang merger last week is worrying.
It was reported by the New Age earlier on Tuesday that an international donor had tried to get the DA and Agang to merge.
The New Age quoted Mamphela Ramphele as saying: "A donor pushed the DA and Agang together."
Helen Zille told John Robbie on Talk Radio 702 that she would never be part of such a deal, but then later said that she knew who the donor was.
"Well, I was certainly not going to consider accepting any money for merging, that's absolutely the bottom line," Zille said.
The report was earlier denied by both parties.
Jackson Mthembu, spokesperson for the ANC, says the party is worried about the fact that foreign "elements" reportedly used their money as leverage to dictate the structure of the DA and Agang, who should lead them and what policies they pursue.
"It is our hope that the latest DA/Agang SA disclosure is not a reflection of the role that these parties are playing, complicitly or otherwise, in undermining our constitutionally enshrined right of South Africans to make free political choices and have the freedom of conscience, thought, belief and opinion," Mthembu says.
Mthembu also said that it would be concerning if South Africans could not trust that the leadership, views and any other proposals of the DA and Agang were of their own making, but rather that these parties regurgitate sponsored views of nameless foreign donors.
"The continent of Africa is littered with many examples of foreign interests who act as handlers to aspirant political opportunists with the intention to agitate for and institute regime changes; bringing greater instability and strife to the region," he says.