As alleged by South Africa’s official opposition party, the City of Johannesburg, under Mayor Parks Tau has spent R13.8 million of public money on campaign adverts for the upcoming elections between the months of April and May this year.
DA said the adverts has nothing to do with any matters of public importance, are often bearing the face and name of the ANC Mayor, and thus, is the use of government resources – public money – to campaign for the August election.
65 percent of the amount indicated, was spent on promoting city officials like the Mayor and Finance MMC, DA alleged.
The party precisely indicated that R4.7 million was spent on advertising the State of the City Address, R3.2 million spent on advertising the Budget Speech, and another R1.1 million spent on advertising the Moody’s rating.
“Tau claims to run a clean administration, yet he has overseen gross mismanagement of public money…Mr Tau’s government has deliberately broken the guidelines in order to try and gain political advantage.
In fact, this represents R13.8 million of lost opportunity to create jobs in a time of crisis for the youth of our City,” lamented the opposition party.
DA said the amount indicated here only include newspaper advertisements.
“If we were to include the high number of billboards and radio adverts this excessive advertising spend would balloon even further.
We still see a number of billboards around this city for events that took place over a month ago, most notably the City’s Budget Speech.
A clear example is the huge billboard on the N1 southbound, R562 on ramp, advertising the Budget Speech which took place on 24 May, 2016.”
According to the party, Mayor Parks Tau is not only plundering the City’s resources but also trying to hijack democracy via influencing the will of the people at the ballot box on August 3rd.
“This is a blatant example of the ANC using state funds – the peoples’ money – to advertise itself for the upcoming election under the guise of City advertising. If there was any doubt about this, the advertising has risen dramatically in the run up to the election,” DA pointed out.
With that, Maimane party declared that the scale of the corruption in Mayor Parks Tau administration is breath-taking.