“We were the first victims of the ‘war room’”-Cope

The Congress of the People says it was the first opposition party to fall victim of the African National Congress (ANC)’s alleged smear campaign.

Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said they were not surprised when 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.

“COPE is not at all shocked or surprised by the scandalous dealings that were exposed by the PR practitioner Sihle Bolani. COPE believes every word of Bolani,” said Bloem.

He went to say the ANC began their smear campaign during the 2009 national elections, in a bid to discredit the party from acquiring votes.

“The unethical and immoral ANC started its war room immediately after the formation of COPE. It was in full operation during the 2009 National Elections; COPE was the first victim of the war room and the ANC spent millions of rands in dirty tricks against COPE,” said Bloem.

On Tuesday Bolani 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”.

Bonani also revealed that she worked with ANC Stalwart and icon Walter Sisulu’s grandson Shaka Sisulu, who was the individual that the ANC paid.

Sisulu admitted to briefly working with Bolani but denied he was paid by the ANC nor took part in the covert operation

Bloem slammed both the ANC and Sisulu for denying being part of the covert operation to discredit opposition parties.

“No amount of denials can convince the public that Shaka Sisulu and his other comrades were not involved in these immoral and unethical dirty tricks. Bolani has exposed all of them. It’s a screaming shame that the ANC used R50 million of tax-payers to fight its opponents,” said Bloem.

On the other hand, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are set to report the ANC to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and consider other legal options.

 

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“We are the only party realising Mandela’s legacy in SA”- DA

The Democratic Alliance on Monday evening aired their latest television advert, despite the attacks that it received from Former President Nelson Mandela’s family.

DA’s Refiloe Nt’sekhe adamantly said they will not stop airing the advert, saying it is an affront to the principles which Nelson Mandela stood for.

She also said Mandela was the first democratic president and his legacy and the important democratic principles which he fought for, belong to all South Africans.

“The DA’s election advert, which depicts the personal story of a voter in South Africa who draws on the memory of Nelson Mandela – and the ideals which he fought for – before casting her ballot for the DA is a manner consistent with the relevant code,” said Nt’sekhe.

 

Nt’sekhe added it is not the first time that parties have featured Mandela’s voice in elections campaigns and adverts; she also said in 2014, shortly after his death in December 2013, several parties accused each other of using his name to score political points.

She then reiterated and said: “the DA is the only party realising utata Madiba’s legacy in South Africa today”.

On Monday Mandela’s Grandson, African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Mandla Mandela lashed out at the DA for using his grandfather’s voice in their advert and demanded the party to take down the advert.

He further said the DA’s use of Mandela’s voice is “gross violation of electoral code”.

“We are disgusted by the flagrant abuse of former President Nelson Mandela by the Democratic Alliance, which is using his voice in an election advertisement broadcast on YouTube,” said Mandla Mandela.

Nt’sekhe replied and said what this ugly attack does demonstrate, however, is that the ANC has changed and it is not a party of Madiba, committed to building a united and prosperous South Africa.

She added the grandson is welcomed to take the matter to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) if he wishes to express his opinion.