The ANC's Ace Magashule ruffled quite a number of blue DA feathers when he gave a Philippi R400 for food during a door-to-door election campaign in the Western Cape. The DA calls his act an effort to buy votes.
Ace Magashule may have thought he was doing a nice thing when he gave a financially struggling Philippi woman some money to buy food.
However, he did this in Cape Town during a door-to-door election campaign of the African National Congress and caused an upset with opposition party, the Democratic Alliance.
News24 reported that Magashule opened the woman's fridge and commented on the fact that there is no food inside. She told him that things are bad.
The ANC Secretary-General then handed the woman two R200 notes, and this is seen as a way to buy votes.
Mike Moriarty of the DA said that giving that money to the woman was an infringement of the Electoral Act.
The party wants the IEC to act on Magashule's monetary gift to the woman.
The DA is of the view that Magashule’s stunt is tantamount to vote buying and an infringement of clause 9 (2) (a) (iii) of Schedule 2 of the Electoral Act. The IEC’s Code of Conduct explicitly prohibits the use of a financial inducement to gain a vote for a political party.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Secretary-General denies that his act was done with votes in mind and said it was just the 'right thing to do'.
Not everyone is convinced of Magashule's good intentions.
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At least he has Jacob Zuma's support. The former president gave him some advice and told him to stay strong.
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