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ANC Chairperson, Gwede Mantashe. Image: GCIS/ Flickr

ANC received HUGE R15 million donation from Shell-linked company

While the public rallied against Shell, the ANC received a massive R15 million donation from a trust tied to the petroleum giant.

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ANC Chairperson, Gwede Mantashe. Image: GCIS/ Flickr

A recent report has linked a company with ties to petroleum behemoth Shell to a R15 million donation to the ANC party. While Shell’s plans for seismic exploration off the Wild Coast has been met with fierce public condemnation, the government has surprisingly supported the bid.

Trust which donated to ANC reportedly tied to Shell

The donation, from Shell-linked Batho Batho Trust, was granted during the third quarter of the 2022 financial year. This is the single-largest donation declared towards the end of last year. Coincidentally, this is during the time when opposition to Shell’s plans started gaining traction.

This follows the Electoral Commission of South Africa publishing declarations in line with the Political Party Funding Act. Interestingly, the Economic Freedom Fighters declared funding for the first time.

The ANC received the largest portion of the declared funding ( over R22 million) and the donation from the Shell-linked trust accounted for the majority of this.

“The largest amount of a single monetary donation declared is the R15 000 000 donated by Batho Batho Trust and declared by the ANC,”

The IEC’s statement

The Batho Batho Trust has reportedly tight ties to the ANC, holding 47% of the black-owned investment group, Thebe. Thebe, in turn, owns a 28% stake in Shell’s downstream business in SA.

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe recently lost an attempt to lift the temporary halt on Shell’s controversial survey. Image: GCIS/ Flickr

Minister at the centre of Shell drama

At the end of 2021, around the time that the large donation was made, the public came out in firm opposition to Shell’s seismic exploration plans. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, the ANC’s national chairperson, slammed environmental groups, adamant that the opposition to the exploration was a ‘special type’ of colonialism.

In conclusion, last week the Eastern Cape High Court dismissed Shell and Mantashe’s application for leave to appeal a ruling that left the seismic survey temporarily halted.