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The ‘R3.3 billion vote buying scandal’– the DA responds

Apr 15 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 203 | Comments: 0

Cape Town

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday pleaded “guilty as charged” to the allegations the City of Cape Town, under the party’s governance, provides “the most extensive and most generous free services to poor communities.”

This, after the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape yesterday called for a full investigation after a national treasury report found the City “inflated its budget for ‘indigents’,” which it claimed was viewed as a way to buy votes.

ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman said the “DA’s R3.3 billion votes buying scandal” was exposed in a report tabled by the treasury on Tuesday. The report revealed R1.9 million is spent on free services “to the people who do not qualify for it”.

“This report exposed bad budgetary practise and that the DA commits fraudulent activities for short term political gains. It is also illegal under the IEC code to buy votes. Cape Town pretends to deliver free services to almost three times the number of people who are in real need and qualify for such aid. It means that in the next financial year Cape Town’s most needy people will forgo billions of revenue that could have improved the inferior services rendered there, but that land up in leafy areas. Already Cape Town increased the amount to be spent for next year – when municipal elections will take place,” said Fransman.

But, the DA said the City had been awarded a clean audit for the past 11 years, meaning it spends its money “transparently and efficiently to maximise benefits to residents.”

“The City of Cape Town spends 67% of its budget on services to and upliftment of poor communities,” said DA national spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme.

“Try as he might, Marius Fransman cannot manufacture a scandal out of a DA government delivering generously to poor communities. It is no doubt of much shame and embarrassment to Mr. Fransman that it is a DA government which is the leader in South Africa at caring for the poor.”

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