Perhaps it’s best for our sanity if we don’t delve into party ...


Perhaps it’s best for our sanity if we don’t delve into party funding

Cross-party funding is an old thing, but what if DA backers also keep Julius Malema in pointy shoes?


The South African Communist Party has added its tiny, croaking voice to those demanding more transparency around party funding, or at least factional funding. Perhaps this is because it has nothing to hide or fear when it comes to money: everyone already knows that it stays alive by fishing out the coins between the seats of Blade Nzimande’s Mercedes.

Addressing the media this week and reading off the back of a single, crowdfunded Post-It, the SACP said that every ANC member who bought, sorry, I mean “contested” leadership positions at Nasrec should be open to public scrutiny.

It was a clear statement of support for Cyril Ramaphosa (or, as the SACP calls him, the means of production), who is facing shrill accusations from the EFF that he is a politician and has almost certainly behaved like a politician. Ramaphosa, the SACP tried to remind everyone, wasn’t the only person to be handed gigantic wads of cash to sway the outcome of the Nasrec cage fight, suggesting that it might be instructive to see the receipts – or scribbles on brown envelopes – of the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma campaign...

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