The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Johannesburg has vowed to open a criminal case of bribery and corruption against an ANC mayoral committee in Johannesburg; Dan Bovu.
The fighter’s spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, stated this after it came to light that Bovu tried to lure EFF members to vote for the ANC at Monday’s council sitting by offering them R500 000.
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Johannesburg is set to hold its first council meeting today; where political parties are expected to elect a mayor and speaker. It is well known that the ANC failed to secure an outright majority to govern the country’s financial capital in the just concluded August 3 municipal elections.
The coveted metro is poised to be snatched by the Democratic Alliance, who has also been crowned king in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay on Friday.
Speaking further, Ndlozi said:
“The EFF in Johannesburg will be opening a case of bribery against the ANC’s Dan Bovu who thinks our democracy is up for sale. The ANC in Johannesburg must know that no amount of bribery will ever reconcile you with the people who rejected you in a popular vote. The ANC must concede defeat and not try to win elections through corruption.”
He further reminded everyone present that the EFF’s votes are not up for sale; be it money or positions. He vowed that the radical party must surely punish the ANC in Johannesburg; for dashing people’s hope of good governance for the past 22 years.
ANC Rallies Behind Dan Bovu
Meanwhile, the ANC has downplayed the claims. Speaking in a statement released on Bovu’s behalf on Sunday, the ruling party denied Bovu had met EFF councillors or offered anyone bribes to vote the ANC. The accused, however, promised to open a case of defamation against my character by the EFF.
A look at the election results published by IEC shows that the ANC won 121 seats in Johannesburg; the DA gathered 104; the EFF managed to gather 30 seats; while smaller parties shared the remaining 270 council seats.