DA accuse Mayor Parks Tau of using city’s budget for electioneering

Herman Mashaba & James Selfe say the DA will lay a complaint at the IEC’s offices in Parktown tomorrow.

The Democratic Alliance's Mayoral candidate for Gauteng Herman Mashaba. icture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is planning to lay a complaint with the Independent Electoral Commission against the African National Congress's (ANC) Johannesburg mayoral candidate, Parks Tau, for what it calls "excessive advertising".

The opposition party in Gauteng claims Tau is using taxpayers' money from the City's purse for ANC electioneering.

Mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba and chairperson of the DA's federal executive James Selfe will lay a complaint at the IEC's offices in Parktown tomorrow morning.

Mashaba says he has proof to back up his claims.

"Just look at all the newspapers in the country, listen to all the radio stations and watch the television; you can clearly see this whole campaign is about promoting himself and his administration."

Tau's office has denied the claims.

His spokesperson Phindile Chauke says, "They've got it all wrong. We, as a city, have to communicate - there is a budget allocated for communications, marketing and branding and we are still within that budget. It's not [that] we have overspent or anything like that."