President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Leon Nicholas.

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma said businessmen who supported the African National Congress would see their fortunes multiply, according to a report on Saturday.

 “We're not forcing can support and be a supporter, but if you go beyond that and become a member, (and) if you're a businessman, your business will multiply,” the Sunday Times quoted him as saying.

 Zuma was speaking at the ANC's 101 anniversary gala dinner in Durban on Friday night.

 “Everything you touch will multiply. I've always said that a wise businessperson will support the ANC...because supporting the ANC means you're investing very well in your business.”

 Organisers for the gala dinner told the Sunday Times seats at the 70-table banquet sold out within 10 days and brought in R8.2 million. Seats cost between R5,000 and R600,000.

 At the dinner Mineral resources Minister Susan Shabangu successfully bid R3.7 million on a painting of former president Nelson Mandela during an auction, the newspaper reported.

She outbid National Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Joe Hlongwane.

The ANC reportedly offered to commission a similar portrait in exchange for his R3.5 million bid.

The auction raised R21.4 million. - Sapa