CAPE TOWN Showers early. Morning clouds. Cool.

MIN8
MAX13
7 day
  • Wednesday 9-14°c Morning clouds. Cool. Morning clouds. Cool.
    Thursday 10-15°c More sun than clouds. Cool. More sun than clouds. Cool.
    Friday 11-14°c Numerous showers. Morning clouds. Cool. Numerous showers. Morning clouds. Cool.
    Saturday 10-13°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Sunday 10-15°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Monday 11-16°c Morning clouds. Cool. Morning clouds. Cool.
More News

Madonsela to probe ANC food-for-votes claims

2014-04-20 12:45

Cape Town - Public protector Thuli Madonsela has launched an investigation into whether the ANC has used state resources for its electoral campaign.

According to the Sunday Times, Madonsela’s office has confirmed that it is investigating three cases of alleged abuse of state resources that involve the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), the Department of Social Development and the Gauteng provincial government.

This comes after an outcry by opposition parties over the ANC’s penchant for handing out food parcels, blankets and toiletries at their election rallies as well as the issue of billboards in Gauteng that were paid for by the provincial government but that carry the ANC colours.

However, Madonsela’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said that the public protector was conducting a preliminary investigation into the billboard issue and would contact the Independent Electoral Commission to see whether it was not the correct body to investigate this complaint.

Abuse of state resources

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.

According to the Sunday Independent, 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.

However, ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said the party did not know Sassa would be there.

NEW! Explore previous National and Provincial election results with our interactive Results Maps by clicking here.
Read more on: thuli madonsela  |  elections 2014  |  politics

More In This Category
Will the local government election be free and fair?

There have been indications that South Africa will experience some of the worst violence in its 22 years of democracy during this year’s local government elections.

DA would have prevented Tshwane violence - Msimanga

The DA would have prevented last week's violent protests in Tshwane, its mayoral candidate for the metro, Solly Msimanga, has claimed.

Catholic bishops condemn election violence

Young people should not let politicians use them in the build-up to the elections, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Justice and Peace Commission says.

Violence doesn't help anyone, Maimane tells Tshwane residents

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has pleaded with residents of Tshwane not to engage in violent protests, saying they will not bring about any solutions.

Comments
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
116 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  Property24  |  Careers24  |  Spree  |