Social Development refutes vote-buying accusations

Reports say food distribution drives have been held in areas where the ANC faces tough competition.

The Department of Social Development spoke out against accusations of using food parcels to garner votes for the ANC. Picture: www.dsd.gov.za.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Social Development has spoken out after being accused of using food parcels to influence the poor in different parts of the country to vote for the ANC in this year's elections.

The City Press newspaper on Sunday revealed several food distribution drives have been held in areas where the ANC is likely to face tough competition during the election.

An extra R200 million appropriated by the National Treasury to the department was apparently used to buy the goods.

But the department has clarified that not all the money was spent on food parcels.

It says some of the money was given back to the treasury while a large amount was also given to the food bank.