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Zuma dishes out cash to voters

2014-04-13 10:35

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma is reportedly winning the hearts of voters by dishing out cash while on his electoral campaign, reports the Sunday Times.

According to the newspaper, this is not the first time a president has done so but it is the first time a president has used his own cash.

Former president Thabo Mbeki also did so while on his 2004 electoral campaign but rather than give voters his own money he would turn to members of his entourage and tell them to give people money.

Zuma however, is reportedly walking around with plenty of cash in his pockets, reports the newspaper. According to the report, a sickly resident of Mabopane near Pretoria was the first recipient of Zuma’s generosity. When the man asked for money to buy groceries, Zuma promptly counted out a wad of crisp R100 notes and handed over R1 000 in total.

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.

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