Port Elizabeth – Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Wednesday rejected the DA’s claims that she was using state resources for party political campaigning.
While giving away title deeds in New Brighton, Nelson Mandela Bay, with Mayor Danny Jordaan, she accused the DA of opportunism.
Speaking outside military veteran Sipho Hina’s New Brighton house, she said she was at the event in her capacity as the minister, and was an ANC member, and a veteran.
This was why she wore military fatigues when handing over Hina’s renovated house. If she had wanted to use the ceremony for political gain she would have worn her yellow ANC T-shirt, she said.
DA MP Magashule Gana accused Sisulu of abusing state resources for party campaigning at an event in Missionvale on Tuesday.
Sisulu said they were proud of the work they were doing to address the housing backlog in Nelson Mandela Bay.
"We will be here in the streets, giving title deeds, and the ANC masses will follow us wherever we go. It is their right, it is their streets and it is their place, and there is nothing that the DA can do about it," Sisulu said.
She said the DA was abusing media space to get attention.
"If they had sent their spies ahead of time, they would have found that the people who were there were mostly the elderly. And the people who came to greet us are always there on the street. When they see ANC people, they always come to welcome us in the area," she said.
Gana said on Tuesday that the DA would report Sisulu to the Public Protector.
"The truth is the ANC has resorted to these exploitations because the people of Nelson Mandela Bay and other municipalities have seen through the ANC’s broken promises that are made only during election time."