Bloemfontein – The ANC in the Free State on Wednesday denied
accusations made by the DA alleging that it damaged their election posters in
"We have conducted a disciplined campaign towards the
election manifesto which was a success. The DA is the one who manufactured the
posters," said provincial spokesperson Thabo Meeko.
"This is a period of election fever and this is a ploy
to defocus our people. We continue to be the champion of free and fair
elections," he said.
During a sitting at the provincial legislature on Tuesday,
leader of the official opposition Roy Jankielsohn accused the ANC of allegedly
damaging their election posters.
"Last week, the ANC stole DA posters and glued their
provincial launch poster, complete with President [Jacob] Zuma's face on it
over them. How can they do that to their president? How can they steal our
posters and put his face there?" he said.
Free State 100% behind Zuma
Jankielsohn said they had since laid criminal charges
against the ANC.
The ANC held its local government election manifesto rally
at the Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo on Saturday. Zuma was a keynote speaker
at the launch.
There have been widespread calls for Zuma to resign
following the Constitutional Court ruling that he failed to uphold the
Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's
remedial action regarding payment for the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.
After the judgment, Zuma apologised for the Nkandla matter
in a televised address to the nation.
However, since then, the ANC in Free State said they stand
100% behind Zuma, saying an attack on Zuma was an attack on the whole party.