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DA takes ANC to court over food parcels

2014-04-20 10:32
DA supporters march in the Johannesburg CBD. (File, Genevieve Quintal, Sapa)

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance is taking the ANC to court over the ruling party’s “grotesque and continued abuse of state resources for party-political gain”, reports the Sunday Times.

In legal papers served on ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman and national CEO of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) Virginia Petersent, the DA has called for them to stop distributing food parcels funded by taxpapers at ANC election rallies.

According to the newspaper, the DA has extensive footage of a recent ANC event on the West Coast where food parcels were distributed. The event apparently consisted of two parts – the first being the political briefing and the second being the “main event”. Here food parcels were the main event and Petersen was the programme director.

The party also plans to interdict the Department of Social Development – under which Sassa falls – from handing out food parcels, blankets and other items at ANC rallies. The cases will be brought before the High Court in Cape Town, sitting as an Electoral Court.

Earlier this month, the DA accused the ANC of abusing state resources for its electoral campaign after a state agency was seen handing out branded blankets and parcels of toiletries at an ANC rally in Parys in the Free State.

At the time, DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said the Parys event was only the tip of the iceberg and that there is chronic blurring of the lines between state and party. He said the ANC does not understand the difference.

This came after the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) handed out blankets and toiletries to a few hundred elderly ANC supporters who had arrived to hear President Jacob Zuma speak.

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