ANC threatens DA with court action

The ruling party claims the DA violated the IEC’s code of conduct.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu has accused the DA of distorting Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla as the party threatened to take the opposition party to court. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has threatened to take the Democratic Alliance (DA) to the electoral court, with a claim of violating the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s code of conduct.

This was prompted by a text message from the DA urging eligible voters to beat corruption by voting for the party.

The SMS also reads that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report shows how President Jacob Zuma stole taxpayers' money to build his R246 million home.

The ANC's Jackson Mthebu has accused the DA of distorting Madonsela's report on Nkandla.

"This is malicious and deliberate distortion of the public protector's report, it's negative campaigning."

But the DA's Wilmot James says the party will welcome any court action by the ANC and stands by its statements it made against Zuma.

"This is a clearly catastrophic event for the ANC and they're trying to shift the blame which lies with President Jacob Zuma, who should just take responsibility for it."

James has accused the ANC of blind loyalty to Zuma.

The DA has also accused the ANC of using Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega as a scapegoat in the Nkandla saga and covering up for Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

It called for Mthethwa to be dismissed along with Phiyega.

The DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have both laid criminal charges against Zuma following the release of the public protector's findings.

On Wednesday Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released the Nkandla report which found that Zuma and his immediate family benefited improperly from the security upgrades.