- President Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly had to fund the ANC's salaries out of his own pocket
- A report claims the ruling party's top dog was asked to fund wages after financial constraints
- Whether or not this is the truth, ANC wages have been making headlines in recent times
After losing voter support in last year's elections, the ANC is rumoured to be taking financial strain.
IOL reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has allegedly been asked to cover the ruling party's wages this month.
Luthuli House employees spoke to the media over the festive season, revealing that salaries had been paid over two weeks late.
Briefly.co.za reported that staff had raised concerns over their salaries with the ANC's birthday celebrations taking up a fair amount of the political party's coin.
National Spokesperson Pule Mabe had denied any cash-flow problems, adamant that any issues with payments would be discussed with employees and not the public:
“There is no crisis in the ANC and those in the employment of the party are the ones who are kept updated, not the media. The ANC does not owe an explanation to the media on how it relates to its staff; we don’t even know who among the staff told you that they were not paid because we have never had that kind of crisis.”
With a R500 million fortune to his name, it comes as no surprise that the nation's leader was approached to cover expenses.
While Mabe would like South Africa to believe that the governing party is a breadbasket of wealth, some tell-tale cracks have emerged to show a different picture.
The ANC's official website was taken offline in 2018 after the party failed to cover a R32.5 million bill. The site remains offline, an embarrassingly high-profile spat stemming from strained finances.
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