Agang SA plagued by money woes - report

2014-01-05 07:25
Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Mamphela Ramphele, the millionaire leader of AgangSA, has failed to pay her party managers and staff their December salaries, citing once-off payments to service-providers as the reason for their cash flow problems.

According to the Sunday Independent, the party has had money problems since December and is struggling from month to month to make ends meet. However, Agang spokesperson Thabo Leshilo denied these rumours and said the party was financially secure.

Meanwhile, Ramphele’s personal millions do not seem to be finding their way into party coffers and instead it appears that the party is now desperately trying to raise funds abroad, according to the report. Ramphele recently enlisted the services of a US lobbyist, Andrew Sillen, to raise funds for the fledgling party in the US.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe meanwhile recently lashed out at Agang's search for foreign funding, and warned that the funding by foreign organisations could be used to destabilise the country.

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