ANC 'bling'

2010-01-20 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The ANC is now selling leather jackets.

And those who wear them needn’t worry about disappearing in a crowd. Quite a number of the 19 styles advertised on the party’s official website ( are neon- green, neon-yellow or a combination of the two.

The jackets are available in several styles and prices range from R1 620 to R1 944.

President Jacob Zuma even danced in one of these jackets — in a style called “The President” — at the ANC’s victory party in front of Luthuli House in Johannesburg in April last year. “The President” is black with green and yellow panels.

Another design seems to hint at a school blazer with its bright yellow body and black sleeves with lime-green facing around the sleeves.

Daryl Swanepoel, co-convenor of the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum, said the range of jackets, all made of genuine leather, are part of a series of marketing items sold by the ANC to promote its identity.

While it might be a bit too soon to say how sales are going, he did say: “We’re satisfied with the turnover.”

Swanepoel said that because the ANC believes in “buying South African”, the jackets are manufactured in Durban by one of the companies that participate in the forum.

Fashion designer Abigail Betz said she doesn’t like the jackets at all.

“I suggest the ANC avoids getting involved in fashion, since that would be rather confusing. Let’s rather stick to ANC T-shirts, banners and caps,” she said.

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