There are allegations the ANC is selling land in Tshwane for R100 to residents so it can destabilise the now DA-run municipality.
There are reports that land is being sold for as little as R100 to Tshwane community members. This, it’s claimed, is being done to destabilise the DA-run municipality, now led by Mayor Solly Msimanga. The DA won Tshwane in the 2016 local government elections, leading to the ANC’s political demise in a municipality it had ruled for more than 21 years.
The Times revealed in its investigation that land in Nellmapius is allegedly being sold for R100 by a member of the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) in the branch, Salome Tau. The paper’s journalist called Tau under the guise that she wanted to buy land. But when the journalist revealed her identity to the ANCWL member, she allegedly denied all the claims that she sells land, and said she had been misunderstood.
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Meanwhile, ANA has reported that Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on Friday accused the ANC of orchestrating illegal land occupations across the city to destabilise the new administration.
“Their conduct is anti-poor, illegal and does not have the best interests of those who have been ignored by the ANC for years at heart. Let us not use our people for political gain; we are compromising their dignity,” Mashaba told reporters in a media briefing.
“This is made worse by the lack of transparency in the housing lists under the previous administration, which led to suspicion of corruption.”
He said there had been evidence of the ANC being behind illegal land occupations in Orange Farm, where the metro police department had to be called in to evict people.
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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Tshwane also opened a case against former Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa for corruption following the alleged misuse of billboards throughout the city.
The EFF said several billboards, which were paid for by the Tshwane metro for council initiatives, were instead used by the ANC to campaign for the local government elections. Tshwane EFF chairperson Councillor Benjamin Disoloane said the billboards were paid and booked just before the elections.
The EFF tried to use the billboards during their election campaigns but were told they were already booked.
“We believed they were booked by the council. That is why we opened a case. As far as we understand, the money comes from the municipality. We want this to be investigated and we want proof from the ANC that they paid for this.” – Additional reporting by Rorisang Kgosana and ANA