ANC is giving away free fuel to win votes: DA

The Democratic Alliance says that the ANC is giving away free paraffin in the Tlokwe Local Municipality in Potchefstroom, in an attempt to win over voters ahead of by-elections there on Wednesday.

“This past weekend, thousands of litres of free paraffin was distributed by the municipality in the contested wards,” said Joe McGluwa DA Leader North West.

However, the DA said that what is of concern is that scientific testing was done by the Department of Chemical and Mineral Engineering from the North West University after residents complained of coughing, burning eyes, excessive smoke and explosions caused by the council’s paraffin last year.

The results deemed it unsafe for human use, as it was revealed that the paraffin contained hazardous compounds such as benzene and also exceeded acceptable aromatic limits and contains carcinogens, the political party said.

Paraffin is still widely used in disadvantaged communities to keep homes warm.

It said that the R171-million municipal deal to supply free paraffin to residents was an ‘ANC image-building exercise’ ahead of the local government elections, to be held later this year.

“The agreed purchase price of the paraffin from this supplier is also twice the regulated retail price,” McGluwa said, adding that the ANC will stop at nothing to win elections.

“They will exploit the poor and put them in danger to ensure they don’t have to give up their position in Tlokwe. They will misuse state funds to obtain goods to bribe voters to vote for them.”

The Tlokwe municipality has been the centre of much controversy between the DA and the ANC over the past few years – leading to the Constitutional Court judgment setting aside the previous by-elections conducted on September 12, 2013.

A new series of by-elections are being held in several wards as a result.

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ANC is giving away free fuel to win votes: DA