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‘Free State govt practiced unfair electioneering in 2011 local elections’

Thuli Madonsela has released two reports relating to the use of state resources during electioneering.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A Public Protector report on the conflation of state and the governing party has found that the Free State government practiced unfair electioneering during the 2011 local government elections.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has released two reports relating to the use of state resources during electioneering.

She says the Free State government allowed two separate programmes to run under the same name ahead of elections resulting in a conflation of state and political party activities.

Madonsela says the Free State provincial government created public confusion when it allowed two separate outreach programmes to operate under the same name.

One was provincial government's Operation Hlasela programme which sought to address service delivery.

The other was a privately funded operation also known as Hlasela which publicly endorsed the African National Congress (ANC).

#Madonsela Remedial Action:

  1. Premier Ace Magashule must set provincial policy to give clear separation of state and party activity. DB

#Madonsela Remedial Action:

  1. Premier Ace Magashule must ensure no government entity uses resources to market political party matters. DB

Madonsela says while the private Hlasela programme didn't use state funds, it did use government resources to advertise the ANC.

She says regardless of the intention, running these programmes under the same name was a conflation of state and party.

The Public Protector has ordered the Free State government to create a policy setting out a clear separation between state and party activities.

As part of her remedial action she has placed the onus on Premier Ace Magashule to ensure such confusion doesn't happen again.

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