ANC pins hopes on 'elections Budget'

2012-08-05 15:00

Johannesburg - The ANC wants to use next year’s Budget to boost its image ahead of the national elections in 2014.

In a move that’s caused unease both within and outside the party, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has said in a party document that the 2013/14 budget would be an “elections budget”.

His statement has left some ­worried that the party could be pushing those in charge of the ­government purse strings to adjust spending in a way that would ­unfairly boost the ANC’s image.

In his scene-setting report to last week’s lekgotla of ANC national executive committee (NEC) members and government leaders, Mantashe wrote: “Ministries should also remember that the budget of 2013/14 is an elections budget. This requires a serious step change with regards to ­implementation.”

The ANC is under pressure after its support in the 2009 general elections dropped by 3.8% from the five years before to 65.9%.

President Jacob Zuma, whose leadership could be challenged at the party’s December elective ­conference, also needs to silence critics who fear that the party’s share of the vote will drop even ­further under his rule.

The party needs to clean up its image amid service delivery failures in municipalities countrywide and repeated failures to deliver school textbooks in Limpopo.


Two NEC members who attended the meeting, one an MP and one a provincial government leader, said some in the meeting were ­concerned Mantashe’s words might be misinterpreted.

The provincial leader said: “It should happen every year that we deliver on programmes.”

But Mantashe told City Press there was nothing untoward about preparing an “elections budget”.

“It is very significant because it is the last before the election,” he said.

“In the first two years you should be finding your feet, and in years three to five you should be up and running, and implementing.”

Asked whether an “elections budget” redirected money to welfare programmes, he said: “You can’t spend more money than you have, and you can’t redirect money.”

He said government spending was dictated by health, education, jobs, rural development and safety programmes, as the ANC had promised voters in 2009.

Treasury spokesperson Jabulani Sikhakane defended Mantashe, saying his report referred to the “implementation of budgets, not additional allocations of money in an election year”.


Sikhakane said the Treasury’s three-year rolling budget plans were guided by Cabinet’s policy priorities.

“The 2012 medium-term expenditure framework published in February takes us through the 2014 elections.”

He admitted there could be changes to the budget, but “they would be marginal given the tight fiscal space we are currently ­experiencing”.

DA spokesperson on finance Tim Harris said although the Treasury had so far been fairly immune to party political pressure, he was concerned the ANC used phrases like “elections budget”.

“The budget should respond to the needs of the people regardless of where you are in an electoral ­cycle,” Harris said.

Ebrahim Fakir, head of governance at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, said some countries had “populist” budgets that could be tailored around elections, but fiscal discipline was too tight here.

“You will have minor tweaks [to the budget], but nothing dramatic, not a 20% shift to welfare, for ­instance,” he said.

According to a report submitted to the lekgotla, R66.6bn is needed to reverse the schools ­infrastructure backlog. Another R20bn is needed for maintenance and repairs.

The party has also drawn up a ­national plan to shake up ­municipal services.

  • eugene.prinsloo - 2012-08-05 12:15

    ANC - you rape an pillage the poor. And flaunt your corruption in their faces every day. How long do you think they will go hungry and still support you?\r\n\r\nNow you want to take from them more to repair your dirty image?\r\nWake the F*#k up ANC supporters how long will you allow them the privilege to steal from you?

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-05 15:52

      Budget??? Is that the Budget you set out for Shopping with the Tax payers money... Your Merc that you gonna buy for your Nando's eating Mamma your Possie that you gonna buy in Sandton... O sorry that isn't necessary you can just land grab there mos... Bunch of Corrupt Hippies that knows F-All...

      Squeegee - 2012-08-05 16:45

      Throwing money at SA will not lower the IQ of the nation. To do that just keep on doing what you are already doing - stealing a generation's future by not providing an education.

      liana.loots - 2012-08-05 18:42

      They don't need money to campaign. The people will vote unconditionally.

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-08-06 08:29

      That's the only budget they can essentially use because it determines their livelihood not of those they feed their propaganda

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-05 15:39

    Find the missing R5billion, prosecute the thieves. Stop expecting the overburdened citizen to adjust their meager budgets for massive Eskom, transport and food hikes. Your numbers don't impress us any more. Every year we have less and every year there are more homeless, unemployed and uneducated.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-05 15:59

      I think it is much more than R5billion. And prosecute the thieves? - No man, there will not be an ANC left, only the loyal supports:-) (and nobody left to vote for.)

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-05 16:18

      As we're always being told, you can't fix years of injustice overnight. So maybe if they can just fix last month's stuff ups that would be a good start :)

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-05 16:21

      LOL that sounds about right:-)

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-05 16:01

    I seriosly doubt that the downward spiral of the municipalties can be reversed toward an acceptable level within two to three years.In my mind it will take much more time and effort and simply throwing more money at the problem is not the solution.

  • Sharmay - 2012-08-05 16:04

    How about doing what you were elected to do instead of stealing more money? Either way, all the ANC does is make the DA look good and I like it like that. Keep going you idiots..the DA is going to take more of your votes in 2014..

      michael.bushes - 2012-08-05 16:14

      Yeah, the DA is gonna erode the ANC until the point gets reached when violence and intimidation becomes widespread.

  • andrew.worrall.5 - 2012-08-05 16:42

    Clever ANC. The crooks party for 3 years and pre election sugar coat the crumbs for the masses so that they will allow the partying to continue for another 3 years post elections. Zuma you are clever!!!

      pws69 - 2012-08-05 17:37

      Andrew, is has worked for all the elections so far. What a sad indictment on 65% of the population.

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-05 16:51

    Well, not much has changed or will change. Firstly, there is that "misquoted" clause again. Then there is that "budget" word, which, by its own admission, the ANC have never quite got right. Then there is that, :lets manipulate provinces" thing, and finally, the average ANC voter - despite 18 years of being screwed over by their own heros - is too simple to see the light, and will vote for these same leeches again. The issue here is whether Zoomer and Mantashy will continue to be ring masters of the ANC circus - In fact the ANC elite pin THEIR hopes on the pile of loot.

  • terence.wessels - 2012-08-05 16:51

    If you are truly so stupid that you can't see what the cANCer are trying to do, than you deserve every bit of hardship that has befell you, and the future ones pending. Wake up SA. VUKA!

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-08-05 17:20

    Part of what I do is to create future scenarios for businesses and other organisations. Nothing in our scenario planning for an RSA future indicates that black people will always vote for the ANC. Some black people will always do so, however, there is a massive societal change happening within SA society. The movement of aspirational black parents of their children into formerly white schools and private schools is absolutely astonishing. Interestingly, in these schools though the pupil demographic has changed, the teachers have not. However, African parents who often make huge sacrifices to fund their children's education in these schools are not oblivious to what the ANC are doing to the futute prospects of their children. Having made the sacrifices, they will vote for the party who promises the best prospects for their children i.e. jobs. It is now possible to track down where the post apartheid generation (7-8 year old in 1994) have got to, the overall majority if they had a 'white education' or private school education are at the core of many of the multinational corporations in SA. They are very well remunerated and are held onto carefully by these companies. If they are in the media and academia they are the most vehement critics against ANC governance.Our future will be very different to what we imagine and possibly for the good. Our leadership of the future will come from these able young adults mentioned above with global values of hard work and ambition.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-05 17:32

      Unfortunately the burgeoning middle-class has received a throttling of late, given the high youth unemployment figures. So the scenario you're describing simply means that the current status quo will remain, just the racial demographic will change i.e. there will still be a tiny middle-class, a massive under-class (for want of a better term) and a handful of mightily wealthy. This is not change, this is not a better life for all, this is re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-08-05 17:28

    "Ministries should also remember that the budget of 2013/14 is an elections budget." To translate into English: "Ministries should also remember that the budget of 2013/14 will be an attempt to buy votes."

  • pws69 - 2012-08-05 17:34

    This is not news. WAKE UP PEOPLE. In 2009 the ANC used over R700 MILLION of tax money to buy votes and electioneer. Manuel (yes, the one everyone thinks is such a hero, the same one who is working night and day to cover up the Arms Deal investigation HE approved) "allocated" an additional R550 million for "food parcels" just before the elections. Remember that? Months later, warehosuse full of rotting food were discovered, and the contracts went to connected cronies. Then we have the supposed departmental presentations - in STADIUMS with ANC regalia all over the place, and surprise surprise ELECTION speeches. These little "presentations" cost up to R10 million a pop. Because the ANC is becoming desperate, I foresee well over R1 BILLION being allocated for "food parcels", public presentations, and of course television advertising. Did anyone confirm that the ANC paid the SABC for TV ads last time? Mmmm.

      pws69 - 2012-08-05 18:46

      @malemam wannabe, it is public knowledge, and complaints were laid at the time. As per usual nothing came of it. Not ONE ANC comrade spent a day in jail for Travelgate, and Frene Ginwala "bought" the debt to avoid further prosecution. Anyone who thinks the ANC respects the law and the citizens of this country is an idiot. There are a multitude of ways to cover up when you have too much power. Zuma's "day incourt is another example" where a deployed cadre ensure the prosecution was halted, using a FAILED Hong Kong judgment, and even after a Judge order the NPA to produce the evidece used to cancel the case, it is STILL not forthcoming, because it does not exist. Idiots like you who vote for them have given them this power.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-08-05 17:51

    What 'image'.....?

  • djmain1 - 2012-08-05 18:09

    Sounds like the "free T-shirt" strategy is about to get very expensive for us taxpayers. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-08-06 13:38

      Throw in a piece of deep-flied cheeken and the cost doubles and so do the ANC votes!

  • morne.demeillon - 2012-08-05 18:25

    Yeah, boost the image of bigger corruption!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-05 20:02

    Guess they gonna con the poor uneducated masses again....throw a party or 2 with free t-shirts, and snacks and give out empty promises as usual.

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-06 15:40

      Hey hey - mealie meal is the bribe of choice nowadays....

  • CORNHOLIO - 2012-08-05 20:08

    abner malema is polyatonki's new name spread the word & ignore

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-05 23:32

    So in 2013 we party. Then abject misery again for years to come. And the uneducated masses desperate as they are will buy the ploy...

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-06 06:40

    Yep..and the payers of tax will be required to pay more to fund the folly!! The ANC is a corrupt and utterly useless organisation made up of sheep shaggers and smokers of dubious substances including their unwashed underpants / panties !! F stroke O you bunch of thieving sh*ts !!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-08-06 07:04

    Throwing good money after bad, window dressing - what's the point? The ANC would do better to patch the holes and the cracks and give the folks a better deal. It's like spending a fortune on trying to save someone who's dying. You wind up broke and they wind up dead. There should be an immediate mandate on parties, luxury flights, cars, credit cards, property upgrades etc ... Wait until the people have some quality if life before wasting the funds on non essentials.

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-06 07:42

    budget for what, more food parcels and sanitary pads,our country is awash with drug lords and criminals, our kids arnt safe in school, we cant go for a walk in the streets without being mugged and all you are worried about is your filthy image, stinking thieving rubbish, BURN IN HELL

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-06 11:16

    I am not surprised. They all want to be re-elected and thus will use every means at their disposal. Correct or incorrect, won't make a difference.

  • Quartus - 2012-08-06 11:31

    Chris, the thing is that black people do not understand what a democracy is. Not just here in RSA but all over the continent. They keep on voting for the same incompetent party simply because they are black. They really must move forward in life to the 21st century, or they will all die of misery under ANC government.

  • nicolelovelock - 2012-08-06 13:44

    how about spending money on all the empty promises you make throughout the term instead of rushing a election budget just before the elections to make the ANC looks good before voters go to the polls. If you did your job in the first place this would not be necessary.

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