ANC MMC accused of bribing EFF members for votes ahead of council elections

Dan Bovu is being accused of having offered several EFF councillors money amounting to R500,000 for votes.

Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has accused an outgoing housing MMC of trying to bribe its members to vote in favour of the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of tomorrow's Johannesburg council elections.

Dan Bovu is being accused of having offered several EFF councillors money amounting to half a million rand in exchange for their vote.

Johannesburg's mayor and speaker are expected to be elected and inaugurated tomorrow but the EFF has been vocal that it will not vote in favour of the ANC.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says Bovu has resorted to bribery to try to get his party's support.

"We want to warn the ANC that they must not try to win power through corruption; that is why the lost the popular vote."

The ANC received 44.64 per cent of the vote in Johannesburg and it will need the support of opposition parties to retain the metro.

Ndlozi says the EFF will punish the ANC by not voting in their favour.

At the same time, the ANC's Jodilee Matango says Bovu has refuted the allegations.

"We believe that he is correct and we will investigate further and take information from the other party as well to find out where their claims emanate from."

Ndlozi says the EFF will be opening a case against Bovu.