Opposition Parties, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are planning to take a battle with the African National Congress (ANC) for allegedly planning a smear campaign against them.
This follows after a Public Relations Consultant Sihle Bolani revealed that the ANC hired her to be part of a so-called secret smear campaign against the opposition parties.
Bolani also said she is suing the ANC for R2.2 Million, as she spent three months as project manager for the ANC’s so-called “War Room”.
However ANC Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa rubbished the claims saying the ANC does not need nor has engaged in any clandestine “black ops” to woo voters.
“The African National Congress (ANC) has noted and rejects, with the contempt they deserve, reports in the media that the organisation conducted or sought to conduct a “R50m..covert campaign targeting opposition parties” during the 2016 Local Government Election,” said Kodwa.
“We further reject any allegation that the organisation owes any monies to any companies purporting to run such clandestine campaign,” added Kodwa.
DA’s Federal Executive Chairperson James Selfe, said they have referred the matter to their legal counsel, he added they have requested them to consider the case towards both civil and criminal action.
“If true, these allegations show that the ANC is willing to manipulate and undermine ethical democratic conduct and action in order to ensure continued government rule. Such allegations can only be treated in the most serious light,” said Selfe.
EFF’s Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said they are also considering legal actions against the ANC, as they had during the elections removed a poster with their Leader Julius Malema, from one of the streets in Sandton.
“We never did anything about it in terms of IEC rules or lodging any complaints because we didn’t know who’d put it up and who was behind it … until this story emerged,” said Ndlozi