ANC accused of lying on funds

2016-07-07 11:17

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Pietermaritzburg - Contractors working on the Edendale Road construction site have cried foul after being asked to donate money to “community projects” that turned out to be the ANC’s election campaign.

Workers were told the money would be used for a good cause, to support volunteers in the community, but they later discovered that it was to be used for ANC campaigns.

But an ANC councillor in Ward 23, Dumisani Phungula, denied the allegation that workers were misled into making donations.

He said he was unaware that people were forced to contribute from their wages but was only aware of an ongoing donation scheme where people were asked to donate to volunteers in community projects.

“If there is anyone who was forced to make a donation they should approach us as councillors or go through the structures of the ANC so that the matter can be dealt with urgently,” he said.

Phungula said he only knew of a fund-raising campaign in the area to boost the party ahead of the municipal elections, but said there was nothing wrong with that.

The stir was caused by defiant people who want to bring the party’s name into disrepute, he said.

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A contractor, who is not a member of the ANC, said they were told to pay something in return for getting jobs and were told to contribute R100.

“They told us that the ANC has given us jobs and therefore we should assist the community by contributing money towards other projects, especially for those who are volunteering,” said a worker.

“Even if they had told us where the contribution was going, it would still be unfair because not all of us are ANC supporters.

“And again if you do not pay or object to their orders, you could lose your job.”

Phungula’s secretary Sanele Mtshali is also embroiled in the controversy.

Mtshali is apparently administering the collection of money.

Phungula said she is responsible for the finance desk and treasury and fund-raising duties of the ANC branch.

He denied claims that people who were hired had to pay a certain amount as result of their appointment. “Among other responsibilities, she [Mtshali] is responsible for leading and monitoring fund-raising activities for the party.

“If people do not feel like donating they should not run to the press and give wrong statements.”

Mtshali conceded to leading a fund-raising drive to boost the party’s election campaign, but said it was not obligatory for everyone to donate.

She said the whole thing was completely blown out of proportion.

“We approach everyone to ask for donations, including local businesses and the public. It is not true that anyone was being forced to make these contributions.

“Donations are never about forcing people to give and we cannot make people give what they do not have.

“We also did not hire them with the expectation of something in return,” said Mtshali.

A source told The Witness that the most recent collection was due on Tuesday but people had not paid it due to the leaking of this information.

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