ANC: DA campaign inaccurate, distorted

The ANC says the DA has defamed Jacob Zuma and has deliberately been malicious.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says the DA's election advertising campaign about Nkandla has defamed President Jacob Zuma and is riddled with inaccuracies and distortions.

The ruling party says to claim that Zuma stole millions of rands from the public is a lie that violates South Africa's democratic order.

But the DA says it's prepared to stand by its SMS campaign and wants Zuma to be impeached.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report released last week found Zuma benefitted from upgrades at his private home which had nothing to do with security and he should therefore pay back some of the money spent.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu says, "That organisation [the DA] has defamed President Zuma and has deliberately been malicious with the intention of discrediting his organisation, the ANC and himself, and therefore misleading the voters."

Meanwhile, the ANC wants it's youth league and student movement Congress of South African Students (Cosas) to explain their attack on Madonsela over the Nkandla report.

The organisations insulted Madonsela and called for her resignation, a call she rejected with a warning that the organisations were allowing themselves to be abused.

The ANC has distanced itself from the attacks and has reprimanded both organisations, summoning them to explain their comments to party heavyweight Gwede Mantashe.

Meanwhile at a gathering near Brits, Cosas secretary general Tshiamo Tsotetsi labelled Madonsela "that woman with the big, ugly nose".

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the attack on Madonsela was also "sexist" and would not have happened if she was a man.