Bosasa made no secret of the fact that it sponsored ANC election campaigns and events, emblazoning its logos on everything from posters and banners at party lekgotlas to lunch boxes. The facilities management company’s emblems were clearly visible on an enormous birthday cake given to former president Jacob Zuma by the ANC on his 72nd birthday, just four years ago. The ANC’s enthusiasm about being associated with Bosasa was strange, given the fact that, since at least 2009, the company had been facing the prospect of prosecution for corruption. When it came to party funding or sponsorship, it seems, the ANC didn’t care where the money came from. But that will have to change, as growing numbers of voters demand information about who is paying for the free T-shirts and sandwiches that swamp multiple political events every election season. The Bosasa scandal, which follows allegations of kickbacks being paid to the ANC as part of the disastrous cancelled Swifambo locomotive deal and co...

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