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DA asks why Telkom footed SACP bill

Telkom allegedly sponsored part of a fundraising dinner for the SACP, the DA said on Tuesday.

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday questioned why Telkom sponsored part of a fundraising dinner for the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Telkom allegedly paid some of the bills for the dinner which saw Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe speaking to a half-empty banquet hall.

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande denied the claim and snubbed Motlanthe by not attending the dinner.

"We feel it's inappropriate that a state enterprise sponsored a political party event," the DA's Marian Shinn told Eyewitness News .

During his closing statement at the University of Zululand on Sunday, Nzimande said others were laying claim to Nelson Mandela's legacy, and using it against the SACP and its allies.

"Our revolution is not for sale," he told delegates.

Nzimande repeated his calls for "tendertrepeneurs" to be removed from the party.

He also called on municipalities to halt the outsourcing of work, but rather increase their own capacity and employ more people.