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More accusations in Tlokwe

The DA says the ANC is abusing state resources for electioneering purposes in Tlokwe.

FILE: The battle for control over the Tlokwe Municipality got heated as residents went to the polls in by-elections held in three wards. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini's deployment of officials in Tlokwe in the run-up to crucial by-elections is further evidence of the abuse of state resources for electioneering, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Dlamini revealed 150 officials, including social workers, carried out door-to-door profiling in Tlokwe ahead of the polls.

DA shadow social development minister Mike Waters says he is sending the information to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

The protector's office is already investigating a complaint laid by Waters claiming alleged vote-buying in Tlokwe.

Both the DA and ANC are locked in a bitter contest for control of the municipality.

"The minister states there are 63 social workers, 61 social auxiliary workers, 16 community development practitioners and 10 community development workers conducting door-to-door profiling in Tlokwe just before some of the by-elections."

In September, the ANC retained control of two of the three wards during the Tlokwe by-elections.

An independent candidate won a third ward.

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