ANC fashionistas

2012-06-28 00:00

THE days of supporters attending ANC gatherings in party-

issued golf shirts and tracksuits appear to be over.

Pointed shoes and tri-colour leather jackets are the apparel of choice for self-respecting party members these days.

The jackets, which have sold like hot cakes at the ANC’s policy conference in Midrand, are replicas of the one President Jacob Zuma donned on the campaign trail in 2009.

At R1 800 each they are a steal, considering that Mining Minister Susan Shabangu once splashed out R400 000 at a fundraising function for Zuma’s campaign trail jacket.

A vendor in Eastgate, Johannesburg, Kholofelo Mogane of Swing Creations, said they started embellishing the jackets with ANC logos seven months ago.

“We arrived [at the conference] on Monday and business has been good, but we are hoping that the best sales will be on Friday, the last day of the conference,” he said.

The chilly conditions have helped sales of the store’s most expensive items, including leather jackets and long coats going for R800.

Other items on sale include scarves for R100 and shirts priced at R250 to R350, which have been discounted to R100. Women’s shawls are pegged at R350 and blankets in ANC colours at R400.

Most of the merchandise on sale is made in China, and only a few items bear the “Proudly South African” stamp.

At one point, security guards chased away a vendor illegally selling ANC regalia from the back of a Porsche SUV.

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