PaidTwitter: Mantashe says Shaka Sisulu is not an employee of the ANC

The ANC secretary-general says many people volunteer for the ANC to do some work on social media platforms.

FILE: ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG- African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says the party is addressing the issue of people raising funds using its name.

Mantashe was speaking on the side-lines of the ANC’s National Executive Committee meeting in Centurion on Wednesday.

His comments come after it emerged in court papers that Johannesburg public relations company owner Sihle Bolani is suing the ANC for over R2 million.

Bolani claims she worked for the party's covert unit, which apparently planned to create fake Twitter conversations and a TV programme that would claim neutrality.

But the ANC has denied the claims saying it did not sanction any such unit and doesn't owe her money.

Mantashe has suggested that the party's general manager Ignatius Jacobs, who reports to him, committed to paying nearly R1 million to and facilitated a payment of R100,000 Bolani without his knowledge.

When asked if the party will take action against Jacobs he said, “I am saying we are dealing with the issue of the GM who is implicated.”

The secretary-general has suggested that there are people who have used the ANC’s name when asking for donations.

“Shaka Sisulu is not an employee of the ANC, there are many people who will go and say we are doing this on behalf of Luthuli house.”

He says when there is an election campaign, many people volunteer for the ANC to do some work on social media platforms and says to regulate this, the party will develop a social media policy.

(Edited by Neo Koza)