ANC fundraising scheme
WHAT HAPPENED| REPORTS HAVE revealed that the ANC has introduced a fundraising scheme known as the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) that sells “face time” with Cabinet ministers and senior Government officials. With 2 000 paid-up members, the new scheme offers its members information on upcoming Government decisions. Silver, Gold and Platinum individual and corporate members pay anywhere between R3 000 and R60 000.
WHAT THE OTHERS SAID AN EDITORIAL in the Citizen stated: “Shabir Shaik sitting in Westville prison infirmary must be wondering how the PBF differed from his way of doing business.” While the Sunday Times said: “To ask Cabinet ministers and senior civil servants to use their positions of influence and access to State machinery to raise funds for the party may not be illegal. It is, however, politically unethical.”