The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the African National Congress’ (ANC) efforts to win back the Western Cape in the run-up to the May 8 elections will be fruitless.

The party was responding to a video of the ANC’s Secretary General Ace Magashule handing out money during a door-to-door campaign in Philippi on Saturday.

The DA has since asked the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to launch a formal investigation into the matter. If found guilty of breaching the Electoral Act, Magashule can face a formal warning or a fine of up to R200 000.

The DA’s Mike Moriarty says, “No doubt that the ANC is campaigning in particular areas. They’re also very very busy in Gauteng. The ANC wants to control everything they can, which includes all nine provinces. So I have no doubt that they want to make sure that they can get the majority. In the Western Cape, they are far from getting the majority. That exercise is going to be quite fruitless.”

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