- The African National Congress is delivering their annual statement in Kimberly today
- Speculation is that the event for over 25 000 people has set the ruling party back by R50 million
- This comes as the ANC is surrounded by alleged financial difficulties
The African National Congress' annual birthday celebrations have reportedly come at a dear price.
The South African reports that the bash has set the governing party back around R50 million and it isn't difficult to see why.
Top politicians, including President Cyril Ramaphosa himself, have spent the week canvassing the Northern Cape handing out shirts and messages of hope as they go.
Ramaphosa will be delivering his January 8 statement on Saturday at the Tafel Lager Park Stadium in Kimberly and the party says it's 'all systems go'.
In a statement released ahead of the event, the ANC commented on the current situation:
“We are ready to accommodate the overflow of people. An additional emergency overflow ground has also been arranged. People from all sectors of society will attend: businesses, religious, traditional, academia, alliance structures and representatives of fraternal former liberation movements."
But this steep price tag, with the majority expected to go to transporting over 25 000 attendants, has come at an awkward time for the ANC.
Briefly.co.za reported that party sources claimed Ramaphosa had been approached to fund the ANC's payroll this month.
National spokesperson Pule Mabe claims that the ANC's financial situation is stable, but this has done little to stop Luthuli House employees from leaking information.
Staff had raised concerns that the pricey celebrations would come at their expense after their December payments were delayed by two weeks.
With the country facing difficult economic times and high unemployment rates, many feel the funds could have been put to better use.
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