ANC: Businesses must fund political parties

2013-11-11 10:25

Johannesburg - ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize wants companies to fund political parties and has suggested the establishment of a trust fund, the Sowetan reported on Monday.

"This is about supporting democracy without being partisan," he was quoted as saying.

"[Businesses] must pay millions, but this should not stop them from supporting parties of their choice."

He argued that business had gained through peace and democracy.

"If there is unrest or community protests, there will be no business... political parties have to hold meetings with communities to find solutions."

Mkhize said he was prepared to call a meeting with major businesses to discuss a proposal for the establishment of a trust fund into which companies could deposit their donations.

The fund could be administered by the office of the Speaker of the National Assembly, which would allocate the funds in line with proportional representation of parties.

"I believe there are businesses thriving because of stability and peace created by democracy, but they do not want to contribute," he reportedly said.

  • Ken Amery - 2013-11-11 10:30


      Carling Blacklabel - 2013-11-11 11:43

      i think "gravy fund" is the correct term to be used for this cosmic idea

      Ronald - 2013-11-11 11:58

      Their lust for other people's money knows no bounds. Now that the government credit cards have been taken away they expect companies to foot at least part of the bill? "If there is unrest or community protests, there will be no business" sounds a bit like blackmail to me(no pun or racism intended for the paranoid schizophrenics out there).

      Jeremy Forbes - 2013-11-11 12:22

      It will be more like a trough fund for the cadres!

      Dirk Jacobs - 2013-11-11 12:38

      This dude clearly weren't here in 2008 when rolling blackouts cost businesses BILLION. He clearly have never dealt with Eskom or municipalities. He clearly hasn't read reports showing how developments in SA take 3 times longer than in Europe, mainly due to incompetence in the public sector. He clearly hasn't realized that businesses in SA need to dish out nearly double their global counterparts do on taxes and other unnecessary costs such as labor unrest, business break-ins due to a weak police force, HIV among employees etc. etc. etc. - the list is endless. Let me guess the same ministers who has to read the Nkandla report before it can be released, will also be the trustees of this trust?

  • Badger - 2013-11-11 10:32

    "WTF, he can't be serious ????????

      Alan Smith - 2013-11-11 10:56

      Seriously disturbed.

      Andrew Selous - 2013-11-11 12:57

      Should read 'businesses to fund parties'

  • Kgalagadi Mack - 2013-11-11 10:34

    Trust me. Money gone in 60 seconds.

      Tol Smith - 2013-11-11 11:55

      Haha it would make a great movie

      Jeremy Forbes - 2013-11-11 12:23

      They won't wait that long for sure!

      DerekMain - 2013-11-11 13:21

      Yeah - more like a slush fund. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

  • Shades - 2013-11-11 10:35

    What an brainless idiot!!

  • Antionette Nene Rivisi - 2013-11-11 10:36

    No business will fund political parties. Are you guys out of funds so fast? What happened? Corruption comes in many forms. This is not going to work, business people(citizens) don't trust you with anything at all. Fix yourselves first, then we will talk later.

      Patricia Dewet - 2013-11-11 11:19

      Ask the Guptas

  • Bob Pacak - 2013-11-11 10:36

    Eish but you are sooo stupid!

  • Rob Williams - 2013-11-11 10:37

    What I would never give a cent to any of the useless political parties in this country

  • Sattva2 - 2013-11-11 10:38

    bull - political parties must fund themselves - the tax payers money should not be used for it, and nor should private companies be asked to foot the bill!

  • Timothy Tanzer - 2013-11-11 10:38

    WTF.... are these guys forreal? Have they lost the plot entirely... or is their greed for money the only important thing that exists... clearly the ANC is running out of it....

  • mark.heath.3388 - 2013-11-11 10:38

    WHAT! They want another fund to steal from, he is joking right

  • Andrew Selous - 2013-11-11 10:44

    WTF,the credit cards are taken away and now the businesses must fund your KFC.Love to hear Helen's take on this cr@p.

      Letlotlo Sephapo Malope - 2013-11-11 11:33

      Where does the DA get its funding from. Lest we forget, Helen Zille once admitted to once accepting funding from the Gupta family. Makes you wonder who's interests democracy serves, us or the political elite?

      Jonathan Woods - 2013-11-11 12:58

      Firstly Letlotlo there is no such thing as democracy in this country. And if they want me to fund them more than I do already, then I will be writing the speeches and dictating the policy as big business does in the States! Otherwise they can look up their own mud holes for any additional funds!

  • Andre Burrows - 2013-11-11 10:50

    Zwheli, I do not think the people like or trust you.

  • Michele Anne Holland Bentley - 2013-11-11 10:51

    Another brilliant idea by the ANC. Set up a trust fund which can be plundered and pillaged by the thieving ANC administrators.

  • Lisa Evans 'Dominick' - 2013-11-11 10:52

    what next!!!! now they squander millions and now we must donate our hard earned money for them to waste on false advertising. how much more must the man in the street and business fund!!!!

  • John Stoltz - 2013-11-11 10:52

    This guy must be the prime idiot of all cadre deployments I have seen !! How shocking to think that he is the Treasurur general !! I wonder of he can count to ten ?

  • Longiswa - 2013-11-11 10:56

    Nkandla will fund you

  • Jason Wilmot - 2013-11-11 10:56

    Give me strength! Why must I be surrounded by idiots!

  • Jacques Van Dyk - 2013-11-11 11:00

    Trust Fund? It needs two crucial elements. Trust - Of which there is ZERO in the cANCer and, Funds - That will only fund corrupt thieving cANCer politicians lavish lifestyles. Zweli you can get the funds you need from all those skelm businesses that are run by your corrupt government buddies!

      Barnie Huysamer - 2013-11-11 13:01

      Yep. Those that got tenders. I'm sure there's about 200% minimum profit worked in

  • gerasimos - 2013-11-11 11:01

    Beggars to the bitter end? Africa's salvation doesn't lie in begging and begging for more aid, and as an African, I find it very, very humiliating. George Ayittey George Ayittey (born 1945) is a Ghanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington DC. He is a professor at American University,[1] and an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.[2] He has championed the argument that "Africa is poor because she is not free", that the primary cause of African poverty is less a result of the oppression and mismanagement by colonial powers, but rather a result of modern oppressive native autocrats. He also goes beyond criticism to advocate for specific ways to address the abuses of the past and present; specifically he calls for democratic government, debt reexamination, modernized infrastructure, free market economics, and free trade to promote development.

  • Karleen Thornhill - 2013-11-11 11:01

    More money for ANC to plunder...unbelievable!

  • Jan Grimbeek - 2013-11-11 11:02

    WHY, are there nothing left of the TAX and the Ghadaffi bilions. Now this is what I call flippen audacity of an unreal level. Oorlamse blxms. All the illegal fund finis nothing to launder anymore ???????

  • Theunis Naude' - 2013-11-11 11:05

    LOL!! More money for the ANC to squander!!

  • Dalene Willemse - 2013-11-11 11:06


  • Phae Rayden - 2013-11-11 11:08

    Did you make this up during a weekend of heavy drinking? So now you expect big business to be grateful and pay extra for peace and democracy? What a threatening, obnoxious and ludicrous call. Friggin morons.

  • Mandy Pepler - 2013-11-11 11:14

    Ask the Guptas for a contribution

      Jan Grimbeek - 2013-11-11 11:22

      The financiers are running scared of the Public protector and all the inquiries into the Lotto now etc. And the anc suffer LOLOL, i just love it. But didnt all the big companies already paid the bribes to register as business, but yes milk them more. ????

  • Lynette Venter - 2013-11-11 11:15

    "Allocate the funds in line with proportional representation of parties" So businesses can't choose who they want to donate to? I bet you my last dollar that none of the funds will go to opposition parties - this is a fund for "ANC's Parties" if you know what I mean... And once it's public knowledge what they do with the funds, they would just say it was taken out of context that's what they meant.

      Charles Everley - 2013-11-11 15:25


  • Andrew M - 2013-11-11 11:18

    Why should business fund political parties in toto and not of their choice. A trust fund to be established and entrusted to a political appointee the Speaker of National Assembly, with all the corruption around would not for one minute even consider this proposal. As this trust would have to be entirely open and transparent and therefore business who did not wish to contribute could possibly be disadvantaged. So is this then going to be a form of blackmail. Political parties must canvas for their funds not be handed monies on a platter.

  • samuel.ramaifo - 2013-11-11 11:21

    "This is about supporting democracy without being partisan," he was quoted as saying. "[Businesses] must pay millions"...... why not pay millions directly to the poor, education, health and resource. iv had enough now, come 2014

  • Ria Cook - 2013-11-11 11:22

    I suppose he means the BEE companies who receive millions from fraudulent tenders? Is it now pay-back time, i.e. they must give some of those profits (which came from the tax payers in the first place) back to the ANC? That's what you call a full circle.

  • Essy Osthuizen - 2013-11-11 11:24

    CRAZY... and how will that be fair, who will get what proportion, will we know what business gave to what party?!?!?!? I certainly won't be supporting any company or business which supports the ANC!

  • Francois Van Der Merwe - 2013-11-11 11:26

    I think business knows where their funds are save, and it is not in a trust fund which will be administered by a comrade or ANC representative. Business are educated, not like the majority of Showerhead supporters. We can afford Zuma, but not his supporters.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2013-11-11 11:26

    Zweli Mkhize - Every party must finance itself. The "members" can contribute. You can not expect any business or individual to contribute to a party he/she does not support. Wake up!

  • graeme.parsons - 2013-11-11 11:28

    Is he for real????

  • graeme.parsons - 2013-11-11 11:28

    Is he for real????

  • Peterjeff - 2013-11-11 11:31

    More money to steal!!

  • Thoughts 101 - 2013-11-11 11:35

    So lets see, you struggle to keep peace in towns as it is, you take 28% tax of profit, 14% vat on goods sold, tax on petrol, of which you then steal and now you want more money to fund your parties and campaigning.... HHAHAHAHAHA. Get lost

  • Kimson Komodo Chan - 2013-11-11 11:37

    Wait a minute, aren't businesses funding This Dictator party called the Aladeen National Congress through the little thing called Nkandla tax and e-tolls?? Can Zweli Mkhize give a more valid reason as to why this wasteful party needs more funds please

  • Gerhard Steenkamp - 2013-11-11 11:39

    Dont worry guy transito robberies is the best way for the ANC cadres to fund their campains... just make sure you are not near otherwise you might end up shot to pieces by stray bullets from incomptent cops trying to arrest their brothers in the struggle for freedom

      Jan Grimbeek - 2013-11-11 11:45

      Dont forget the ATM's. Those cops are tot trying to arrest, they are FAKING to arrest, and the stray bullets are ment to hit the intended targets that might possibly be eye witnesses.

  • Luke de Koker - 2013-11-11 11:39

    Not in a million years should/will we donate for the office of the Speaker of the National Assembly to administer..we all know where these funds will land up!!

  • Gerhard Steenkamp - 2013-11-11 11:40

    And next news24 will remove my comment about transito robberies, to close to the truth i suspect

  • Jan Grimbeek - 2013-11-11 11:40

    And I am still laughing ... hilarious !!!

  • JJ Van Zyl - 2013-11-11 11:42

    Sounds more like paying the Mob for Protection to keep your business.

  • samuel.ramaifo - 2013-11-11 11:42

    ANC, together we can steel more!!!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-11-11 11:45

    Any fund administered by anyone or anybody remotely connected to government, is doomed to be plundered by those sitting closest to the fire.

  • David Luis - 2013-11-11 11:50

    Hamba you bunch of leeches!!!!

  • Vuyo Ntsinde - 2013-11-11 11:53

    "If there is unrest or community protests, there will be no business..." Don't forget to mention that, people will also starve. So there should be no unrest.

  • Michael Cassel - 2013-11-11 11:53

    Realistically it is a good idea as it prevents the the situation where a business donates to a specific party in exchange for "handouts" in the event the party is question wins power... unfortunately the idea of splitting the money in propotion only aids in making the stronger parties even stronger to the detriment of weaker and less established parties

      Malcolm MacLeod - 2013-11-11 18:09

      So it solves one problem (that can be solved in other ways) and creates numerous other far bigger problems. How is that realistically a good idea? Realistically, it is one of the most outstandingly horrendous ideas I have heard in my lifetime.

  • Rob Graf - 2013-11-11 11:54

    how about a fund to educate and train poor people with no skills for free thus making then a valuable asset to the economy, i dont see how giving money to the political pirates with help anyone but the already rich...ANC leave business alone you have already wrecked education and health...No NO NO

      Shawon Tiltman - 2013-11-11 12:22

      best idea of them all.

  • Jean Elgato - 2013-11-11 11:54

    It's a joke to ask this but what is worse is that big corp will play ball. Whether it's lobby money by tobacco alcohol etc or multi nationals they all pay. This unfortunately is the world we live in. Democracy is corporatism in this day and age in any nation big or small. Sad but true

  • Eric Payi - 2013-11-11 11:58

    Zuma can fund them.