DA condemns Minister Didiza for using taxpayers’ money to campaign for the ANC

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) says with many polls projecting that the ANC will achieve less than 50% of the vote in the 2024 national elections, the party’s appointees in government have, as an act of desperation, resorted to the unlawful use of taxpayer money to campaign for the ANC.

DA Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Noko Masipa says the latest culprits in this unethical practice is the ANC Chief Whip in Parliament, Pemmy Majodina who used the ANC old looting tactics of hijacking Ministerial functions for political point scoring. “Minister Thoko Didiza should know better that a government function cannot be used for political mobilization”.

Masipa says according to a flyer released by the ANC advertising the event, the Department of Agriculture and Parliament of South Africa logos are used as a draw card to what is essentially an ANC event. “Both Minister Didiza and Hon Majodina will apparently hand over garden tools to households in the Senqu Local Municipality on 1 April 2023. This is a flagrant abuse of state resources and a gross violation of ethical conduct in political campaigns”.

Masipa says the DA calls on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), in its capacity as South Africa’s electoral referee and custodian of the guidelines for electoral conduct, to immediately call the ANC to order and demand that it refrains from abuse of state funds to pursue its political programmes.

“Failure to do so will contaminate the electoral playing field and set a dangerous precedent in our electoral ecosystem”.

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