South Africa: Who is to blame for a cash-strapped ANC?

By Carien du Plessis
Posted on Tuesday, 2 August 2022 10:24

South Africa's ANC party holds national policy conference
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa gives an opening address during the African National Congress (ANC) national policy conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 29, 2022. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has been struggling to keep up with salary payments for its staff in the past year as anti-corruption measures have funders more cautious. Some have warned that the cash crunch could ultimately collapse the party.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s detractors have indirectly blamed the funding crunch on him. Newly-elected KwaZulu-Natal secretary Bheki Mtolo tells The Africa Report that Ramaphosa managed to raise a rumoured R1bn ($60m) for his 2017 campaign to be elected president, yet he does not appear to have the same ability to attract funding now ANC staffers are going hungry.