More complaints laid against government

The ANC has been accused of using state resources to fund its election campaign.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Agang have asked Thuli Madonsela to probe whether or not the ruling party has been handing out food parcels, blankets and mattresses at its election rallies at the state’s expense. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Protector's office has confirmed it's launched a preliminary investigation into allegations that the ANC has been using state resources to fund its election campaign.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Agang have asked Thuli Madonsela to probe whether or not the ruling party has been handing out food parcels, blankets and mattresses at its election rallies at the state's expense.

Madonsela's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe says Madonsela's also investigating reports that the Gauteng provincial government has erected billboards carrying African National Congress (ANC) colours.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela addressing the media at the Zebra lodge near Pretoria on 4 December 2013. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

"I can confirm that three complaints have been laid against government, two complaints were against national government and lastly an allegation by Agang SA against Sasa, in Valhalla in Cape Town."

ZUMA VISITS CHURCH ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL

On Friday President Jacob Zuma used a mass church service in Johannesburg to canvas votes for the ANC in the upcoming elections.

The president spoke at a special Easter celebration for the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God which took place at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.

The event was attended by nearly 50,000 people.

Zuma urged the crowd to ignore calls to boycott the elections.

The ANC and Ronnie Kasrils have been trading blows after the former intelligence minister launched his 'Vote No' campaign earlier this week.

The campaign calls on South Africans to spoil their ballots next month or vote for smaller parties in protest against ANC corruption.

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Cape Town says it has started evicting drug dealers who live in council houses.

The party's leaders earlier held an anti-gangsterism and drug abuse march in gang-ravaged Manenberg.