Food parcels: ANC demands DA apology

The DA lost an Electoral Court bid in which it accused the ruling party of abusing taxpayers’ money.

FILE: Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman is seen addressing protesters during a march against poor services and housing issues outside the Office of the Premier in Cape Town on Wednesday, 23 April 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC is demanding that the Democratic Alliance (DA) apologise for taking it to court over the alleged abuse of taxpayer money on the campaign trail.

The DA went to the Electoral Court in the Western Cape after accusing the Department of Social Development and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) of distributing food parcels at ANC election rallies.

The DA served papers to Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman and the CEO of Sassa last month on the grounds that the food parcels were funded by taxpayers.

But the Electoral Court rejected the application with costs.

Fransman is now demanding an apology from the DA.

"We knew always there was nothing wrong that was done," he says. "The DA has actually misled the Western Cape society."

However, the DA says it will most likely appeal the ruling.

MP James Selfe, admitting the party was disappointed by the decision, says they won't let the matter rest.

"We will almost certainly be taking this matter on appeal," he said.