South Africa’s ruling party denies being bankrupt

President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (AA) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party has denied claims that it was facing a financial crisis.

“The African National Congress refutes the claim made on the allegation of bankruptcy,” ANC  National Spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

South Africa’s The Mail & Guardian Newspaper reported Friday that the ANC was facing financial difficulties after the national assembly slashed its electoral funding by 20-million Rand after it lost a share of parliamentary seats.

The newspaper quoted a source at the party headquarters saying that some workers had not received their salaries for more than two months, while others received their salaries late.

“This is contrary to the fact that the financial situation has improved albeit the negative impact of our reduced seats in parliament,” Kodwa said.

The ANC spokesman further said that the party has always and continues to rely on donations from external sources.

“It is equally not true that ANC employees were not paid salaries. The ANC has met its monthly obligation of paying out salaries as expected,” he said.

The ANC also denied reports it was planning to retrench some of its staff.

“Since the past ten years, the ANC has not retrenched its staff; we appreciate the hard work, dedication and sacrifices of our staff in the service of our people,” the statement said.

In May, the ANC won the country’s general elections, although with the fewest number of National Assembly seats ever in 20 years. The ANC clinched 249 seats in the National Assembly – 15 fewer than in the previous election.

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