In a startling claim on Sunday‚ the Economic Freedom Fighters accused the ANC’s Dan Bovu of calling its councillors and “offering them money to the value of R500‚000 in exchange for them to vote with the ANC during the elections of the Johannesburg City Council tomorrow”.
The EFF said it would be opening a case of bribery against Bovu‚ the outgoing Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing for Johannesburg.
It warned that its votes were not up for sale – “be it money or positions”.
“The ANC in Johannesburg must know that no amount of bribery will ever reconcile you with the people who rejected you in a popular vote. The ANC must concede defeat and not try win elections through corruption‚” the EFF said in a statement.
“Even if they were to be successful on Monday to buy any councillor candidate‚ their Mayor will not last because political parties have the right to replace councillors. We will therefore do so and ensure that the ANC is out of power in Johannesburg‚” the EFF said.
“The EFF’s votes are not up for sale‚ be it money or positions. We are going to punish the ANC in Johannesburg which has failed to transform people’s lives for the past 22 years. We are going to punish them for all the arrogance of choosing to protect corruption at the expense of the people. We are going to make sure that democracy prevails and that Dan Bovu is arrested and jailed for attempting to bribe EFF councillors in exchange for votes‚” the EFF asserted.
In the recent local government elections‚ the ANC party received 44.5 percent of the votes in Johannesburg‚ followed by the Democratic Alliance with 38.37 percent.
The new kids on the block – the Economic Freedom Freighters – received 11.09 percent while the Inkatha Freedom Fighters got 1.72 percent.