The ANC National Elective Conference has come with a hefty price tag as the party forked out close to R25-million on hotel rooms to accommodate more than 6,000 delegates and guests.
According to the Sunday Times, the ANC booked rooms in 35 hotels all over Gauteng, which translated into 3,308 rooms with a total of 6,145 beds.
Aside from the mountain hill of other costs, the ANC had to pay at least half of the total amount to secure the rooms, with the remainder, close to R12-million, due by the end of the conference on Wednesday.
This revelation comes as just a tiny portion of the ruling party’s conference spend, including that of how much was spent to book out Nasrec expo centre and catering costs.
Some ANC leaders with a penchant for luxury living are rumoured to have booked suites at exclusive five-star establishments across the province.
The ANC hotel bill ranges from R500 a night for some delegates up to a premium of R1,550 a night for rooms booked for the party’s top leadership.
The party negotiated for delegates to be served dinner at their hotels at an additional cost.
Rooms in a four-star hotel in upmarket Sandton were booked for members of the national executive committee but more than half of its members preferred to sort out their own accommodation.
Luxury buses and minibuses have been arranged to ferry delegates and ANC guests from the conference venue in Nasrec to their hotels across the province.