African National Congress national executive committee member Tony Yengeni took to Twitter to voice his dissatisfaction at the fact he would not be getting free entry.
The annual event takes place the day after the State of the Nation Address (SONA) with the aim of raising money for a charity of the president’s choosing.
This year’s proceeds are going to the Cyril Ramaphosa foundation. And there are no free tickets, the only way to play in the event is to pay for a single entry or to sponsor a four-ball for R100 000.
Tony Yengeni must pay
It was the second point that Yengeni has taken issue with. As someone, he claims, who helped come up with the idea he was blown away by the fact he would have to pay to play.
I played in the Presidential Golf Challenge since its inception to date..! Im told its Planning Committee has decreed that no none will be invited this time around unless one pays or sponsors a four ball for 100k..! Some of us are pioneers of this golf challenge..Yet today we out
— Tornado..Veteran 102 (@tyengeni1954) June 17, 2019
The immediate reaction to his comment was that the event was for charity and that he should not balk at the idea of paying money if it was for a good cause.
Democratic Alliance national spokesperson Solly Malatsi even suggested Yengeni seemed a little bit like a spoiled brat.
The sense of entitlement here is appalling. https://t.co/yLidBrMHLc
— SollyMalatsi (@SollyMalatsi) June 18, 2019
However, he was having none of that either, saying there has always been provision made for invited guests until now.
It always had fundraising elements in it but not entirely, It has always had a section dealing with invited guests..! But this time around..for the first time its a purely a money making scheme excluding all its pioneers, its now been hijacked by the rich excluding everyone else
— Tornado..Veteran 102 (@tyengeni1954) June 18, 2019
Economic Freedom Fighters national chairperson Dali Mpofu could not help but get involved. Suggesting the money raised might be for another reason, again prompting fears the political party might be planning to disrupt SONA.
BOSASA Nasrec bribe repayment has to come from somewhere Hlathi! https://t.co/7vwnoD78EC
— Dali Mpofu (@AdvDali_Mpofu) June 18, 2019