Political storm brewing between ANC and DA

The ANC has threatened to take the DA to the Electoral Court for negative campaigning.

FILE: The ANC has accused the DA of negative campaigning and threatens to take it to the Electoral Court. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - A text message sent out by the Democratic Alliance (DA) urging eligible voters to beat corruption by voting for the party has sparked a political furor.

The ANC is now accusing the DA of improper conduct and violation of the electoral code of conduct.

The sms also reads that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report shows how Zuma stole taxpayers' money to build his R246 million KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu has accused the DA of distorting Madonsela's Nkandla report in a bid to gain votes.

"This is a deliberate distortion of the public protector's report. This is a violation as well of the code of conduct of all parties participating in this election. If we don't get any joy, we will also take the matter up with the Electoral Court because this is negative campaigning."

But the DA's Wilmot James says the ANC is shifting the blame.

"The responsibility lies finally with President Jacob Zuma, who was clearly responsible, and must take responsibility for the monumental waste of taxpayers money on what is essentially a private estate. So we would be quite happy to explain that in a court of law."

Meanwhile, the Congress of the People (Cope) Youth Movement has called for the immediate removal of President Zuma from office, his cabinet ministers Thulas Nxesi, Nathi Mthethwa and other government officials implicated in the Nkandla report.

The movement says the ANC should recall Zuma the same way former president Thabo Mbeki was recalled from office in 2008 in order to save the country further embarrassment.

The call is prompted by Madonsela's findings that Zuma improperly benefited from upgrades at his Nkandla homestead implemented "in the name of security".

Madonsela also called on Zuma to pay back a reasonable part of the upgrades which do not constitute security.

But Cope's Thabiso Segabade has accused the ANC of being a party of thieves.

"The ANC is celebrating a man who lacks accountability. Therefore, Cope's Youth Movement in Gauteng calls for the immediate removal of President Jacob Zuma, Thulas Nxesi, Nathi Mthethwa and all those who are implicated in the Nkandla report."