ANC tried to bribe me, says IFP official

2011-09-08 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party has called on Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu to act swiftly in investigating ANC councillors who allegedly tried to bribe an IFP councillor to betray her party in the Mbabazane Municipality in Estcourt.

IFP councillor Lihle Nqubuka said in a sworn affidavit that she is in fear of her life because she has been receiving death threats from certain individuals.

She alleged in the affidavit that the ANC Mayor of Mbabazane, Phindile Strydom, visited her house in May with two ANC councillors to persuade her to spoil her ballot paper when the council voted for the renewal of Sbusiso Nzuza’s contract.

She said she was promised R150 000 and employment for her fiancé if she agreed.

Weeks later, she added, the ANC councillors begged her to resign as a councillor so that there would be a by-election in her ward.

She said they undertook to give her R250 000, provide bodyguards, give her a house and a job if she agreed.

IFP deputy national spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko condemned what he called the “inhuman and criminal behaviour” of the officials alleged to have tried to lure Nqubuka into selling out her party and those who had voted for her.

“Councillor Lihle Nqubuka’s report exposes the worst form of sewer politics, which drives people to the lowest levels of inhuman and criminal behavior because of uncontrollable lust for power and money.

“Worse and more disgusting is the fact that councillor Nqubuka must now live in fear of her life just because she has stood resolute and refused to sell her political birthright for a bowl of political soup,” Mazibuko said.

“I will communicate with MEC Mchunu and the provincial police commissioner to urge them to ensure an urgent and thorough investigation of this matter so as to hold accountable whoever may be found responsible.”

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Nqubuka has reported the matter to Mongo police station, but no case has been opened.

Strydom was not available for comment.

ANC provincial spokesperson Makhosi Khoza said the party is not into buying votes and it will not entertain the allegations.

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