ANC denies bribing youths with drugs
Pretoria - The ANC in Mpumalanga described as wild allegations that some members in Delmas were bribing youth members with drugs for election as candidates ahead of the local government elections.
This after the Democratic Alliance issued a statement on Thursday saying it had learned about this through a current affairs programme on Ikwekwezi FM.
The party's James Masango said this was echoed by an ANC member while speaking to the Nkangala district mayor Speedy Mashilo.
"The DA was shocked to hear this...ANC members are so obsessed with positions, personal benefits and power to such an extent that responsibility and morality means nothing to them as long as they get what they want," said Masango.
ANC spokesperson Paul Mbenyane said it was "mischievous of the DA to come up with "wild allegations without facts.”
Mbenyane said: "Who are ANC candidates anyway because the ANC has not yet pronounced itself publicly on the final list of those who would be its candidates for the 2011 local government elections.
"Let the ANC be allowed space to finalise its internal processes without any hindrance," said Mbenyane.
He said the ANC was a serious organisation and did not want to be reduced by entertaining the DA.
"The ANC would like to re-iterate its stance…that of being zero tolerant to any form of criminality no matter who commits it for whatever reason or motive."