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DA head to court over ANC food parcels

The opposition has accused the ANC of using taxpayers’ money for political gain.

FILE: ANC flags at the party's Mangaung conference. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's taking the ANC to the electoral court for the alleged abuse of state resources for political gain.

The DA has served papers to the party's Western Cape leader Marius Fransman and the CEO of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) Virginia Petersen.

It claims the ruling party is distributing food parcels funded by taxpayers at ANC election rallies.

The DA's James Selfe says they intend to go to court on an urgent basis.

"We believe that this is a clear infringement of the electoral code and an abuse of state resources."

Yesterday, party leader Helen Zille said the ANC needed to be stopped from abusing public money.

"Even though it looks as if it is for a good cause and even though the DA strongly supports food for indigent people, there is a process and it shouldn't be abused for party political purposes."

The Department of Social Development's Lumka Oliphant says the DA should go to court if they wish to do so.

"There's a constitutional right for the DA to go the electoral court or to go anywhere where they feel they want their matter to be heard because they are aggrieved."

The party says it has also asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate.