Thabiso Goba
1 minute read
23 Jul 2022

ANC merchandise selling fast at conference

Thabiso Goba

ANC merchandise selling like hot cakes at the KZN ANC conference.

Gettie Mashele, an ANC merchandiser from Tshwane. Picture: Thabiso Goba

Kefiyahs, scarves that are won to show solidarity with Palestine and the Taliban faction are some of most selling items at the ANC KwaZulu-Natal provincial conference.

Phumelele Ngema, a merchandiser selling the scarves said she was told to stock up on the scarves.

“The people who have been buying it said it is to show solidarity with Palestine in their war with Israel but there are other stuff I heard which I know nothing about,” she said.

The Witness understands that the scarves are being worn by members of the Taliban faction within the ANC.

This faction is backing Sboniso Duma for ANC KZN chairperson position and Bheki Mtoli for the provincial secretary position. 

Ngema, who is from Durban, is among many merchandisers selling ANC regalia outside the Olive Convention Centre in Durban where the conference is taking place.

“I am a military veteran but because of a scarcity of jobs, I ended up doing this,” she said. 

Gettie Mashele is an ANC merchandiser from Tshwane.

Mashele said she travels around the country selling ANC regalia at the party’s various conferences and lekgotlas.

“So far (business) is not bad. Its slow but not bad. It depends on the weather because if it is hot then it’s the bucket hats and t-shirts that are selling and when it starts to get cold, the socks, scarves and bomber jackets will be selling,” she said.

Mashele said to sell ANC regalia, one needs to apply for a permit from the party to get permission to slap their logos on clothing items.

Mashele said she was an ANC supporter herself.