ANC ‘abusing’ state

2014-02-27 00:00

THE ANC was yesterday accused by the opposition of abusing state resources to campaign for the May 7 elections as KwaZulu-Natal recorded an increase in handing over state development projects.

While the ruling party denied abusing state resources, it said the delivery of services would not come to a standstill just because of the upcoming elections.

Over the past weeks there has been a spike in the handing over of completed development projects to various communities across KwaZulu-Natal.

This week, Premier Senzo Mchunu and his cabinet were in Amajuba district to launch a government programme and to hand over several projects, including bicycles to pupils in Utrecht.

The opening of a R15 million clinic, R21,8 million high school, unveiling of 100 housing units and launch of a R29 million art centre in Dannhauser took place recently.

Yesterday, Transport MEC Willies Mchunu opened an eighth bridge in two months built at a cost of R7,5 million in Dayingubo in uMvoti and on the weekend Transport Minister Dipuo Peters attended the opening of the Chota Motala interchange in Pietermaritzburg.

DA leader Sizwe Mchunu said the money spent on the government functions by ANC politicians was an attempt to woo voters. “It is nothing but an attempt to win votes at the expense of government and the abuse of government resources,” Mchunu said.

IFP spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said his party had, after the recent Nongoma by-elections, warned of a bad omen for the national elections when there were reports of the provincial government launching development projects. “What we saw in Nongoma was dismissed by the ANC but what is happening is the fulfilment of the abuse of state resources,” he said, adding that state resources were abused to bolster the election campaign of the ANC.

But, ANC spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said his party was not using government resources to campaign.

Mkhize said ANC leaders in government campaigned for the ruling party in their capacity as members and not as government officials.

He said their work in government was to ensure there was delivery of services and to also implement the ANC manifesto.

“We are in a process to provide services until and beyond the elections, and the government will continue to deliver. We will continue to implement the ANC manifesto.”

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