The best of South African literature
Johannesburg - Barely two weeks after the emotional funeral of former president Nelson Mandela, it has emerged that a company linked to the ruling party is cashing in on his iconic campaign poster for the 1994 elections.
Surprisingly, the ANC says it knows nothing about it and has promised to investigate the sale.
Cape Town-based Unwembi Communications, the company behind the sale, admits that it has been selling the posters “for years”.
Unwembi Communications director Tim Jenkin told The Sunday Independent that the company sold the posters on the ANC’s behalf, but was non-committal on whether the entire proceeds of the sale went to the ruling party.
By Saturday, the posters were still on sale, on the ANC website, which Unwembi runs.
Under the ANC merchandise window, users are offered the Mandela posters and ANC leather jackets, like the one in the ruling party colours favoured by President Jacob Zuma. The jacket is called “President No. 1”, a clear reference to Zuma. President No. 1 costs R1 620, while other colourful leather jackets fetch up to R1 944.
The ANC charges locals R250 while foreign buyers pay between $50 and e48 (between R526 and R693).