The office of the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has confirmed that it has launched an investigation into whether the African National Congress (ANC) has been using state resources for its electoral campaign.
The office is investigating three cases of alleged abuse of state resources. They involve the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), the Social Development Department and the Gauteng government.
This comes after an outcry by opposition parties over allegations that the ANC has been handing out food parcels, blankets and toiletries at its election rallies. There is also the issue of billboards in Gauteng that the provincial government allegedly paid for but they carry the ANC colours.
Madonsela’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, says she will contact the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to establish whether her office is the correct body to investigate the billboard issue.