The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of trying to bribe its councilors in hung KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) municipalities.
This comes a while after South Africa’s third most popular party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Johannesburg 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.
Like the EFF, DA said it would not stand the corrupt tactics of the ANC to get into power.
Speaking on this, DA KwaZulu-Natal leader, Zwakele Mncwango said despite a decision by voters to dismantle the ANC in some municipalities by not giving them an outright majority, the party is still fighting tooth and nail to cling onto power.
He claims that DA councilors are hounded day and night by their ANC counterparts, who keeps “arriving unannounced at their homes”.
Mncwango also claims that the “disciplined” DA councilors have rejected all bribes, but by doing so, they have put themselves in danger.
“It cannot be right that people are forced by a gun to vote with a party of thugs.”
EFF’s Ndlozi however gave a reminder to those present, that the EFF’s votes are not up for sale, be it for 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.
Meanwhile, the ruling party is yet to comment on the allegations laid against it.
The ruling party also downplayed the claims by the EFF saying the party had not met with EFF councilors or offered anyone bribes to vote the ANC. The accused, however, promised to open a case of defamation against my character by the EFF.