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Zweli Mkhize remains confident of donor funding

Zweli Mkhize says he doesn't expect funding to be affected by the ConCourt Nkandla judgment.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize says he doesn't expect donor funding to take a knock in the wake of the Constitutional Court's Nkandla judgment.

Mkhize, who is in charge of fundraising for the party, is in the Eastern Cape drumming up support for the ANC's election manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth this weekend.

The event follows a tumultuous two weeks for President Jacob Zuma who's faced calls from both within and outside the party to resign.

The Nkandla fall-out has exposed divisions within the ANC over support for Zuma, and wider societal frustration about government corruption.

But Mkhize is hopeful party benefactors won't be put off.

"Even though there are those issues, we think that it's on its own. It is not an issue that we are getting a problem with donors of the ANC. I think they do understand that there are challenges that we'll face every now and again, we just need to rise up to the occasion."

He says while there may be disagreement over how the ANC's leadership has responded to the Nkandla judgment, it would be risky for the party to take decisions now that could have unintended negative consequences.

The ANC is heading to the polls with the president as the face of its campaign.

Mkhize says while he understands that some people are unhappy with Zuma's leadership, the party has to be careful about taking decisions that could destabilise it ahead of local government elections.

"The ANC has the responsibility not to throw into society a kind of approach that can have a destabilising impact on society in general. That is an issue we will have to look at."

The treasurer general says the party is focusing its energies on the August elections, rather than on who should take over power from Zuma.