Zuma calls on businesses to fund the ANC

2015-01-11 10:39
President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wave to the crowd in the Cape Town stadium. (Jennifer Bruce, AFP)

President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wave to the crowd in the Cape Town stadium. (Jennifer Bruce, AFP)

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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has called on businesses to help finance the ANC – telling businessmen attending a gala dinner that those who funded the party stood to make more money.

According to the Sunday Times, this announcement was made at Friday night’s gala dinner in Cape Town, which was just one of many lavish parties held by the ANC last week to celebrate its 103rd anniversary.

Zuma said: “We’re not forcing people ... you can support and be a supporter, but if you go beyond that and become a member, [and] if you’re a businessman, your business will multiply. Everything you touch will multiply.”

The newspaper reported that mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and his wife Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe were among those seated at Zuma’s table. Insiders reportedly told the newspaper that Motsepe had paid R3m to secure the table. Other tables ranged from R150 000 to R400 000 – depending on their proximity to Zuma.

On Saturday, Zuma addressed an estimated 70 000 supporters at the Cape Town stadium as part of the party’s birthday celebrations. As reported by News24, Zuma devoted much of his speech to talking about corruption, saying there was a misperception that the ANC was largely responsible for it.

"It cannot be...it's another misrepresentation of fact," he said at the party's 103rd anniversary rally at Cape Town stadium.

Zuma said the ANC government had been unique in its attempts to root out corruption in the public service.

"We cannot allow the scourge of corruption that eats at the fabric of our society and constrains economic development [to continue].

"The ANC must continue to lead in ending corruption in the state, the private sector and amongst our own members."

Energy needs

Earlier, Zuma discussed the most pressing challenge facing the government in the year ahead - notably Eskom's capacity problems.

"Our country needs creative and pragmatic solutions to guarantee security of supply for our energy needs."

Zuma said the government would continue to explore alternative options in nuclear, gas and renewable energy.

"The ANC is therefore putting energy as one of our apex priorities."

Turning to social challenges, Zuma said land remained a pressing concern for the ANC.

Prevent farm evictions

"Land has been at the heart of the historic injustice of dispossession and the stripping of the dignity of the African people.

"We commit that the land will return to our people and the ANC calls on its government to act with necessary speed to put the legislation in place, this year, to ensure that this happens."

However, he said that expropriation would be done in line with the Constitution and, hand in hand with this, would be decisive steps to prevent farm evictions.

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