The former ANC-led City of Tshwane administration has found itself under fire once again after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday laid charges of corruption and maladministration against it at the Pretoria Central police station.
EFF is accusing the previous administration of using city-owned billboards to promote the ANC ahead of the August 3 local government elections.
They opened a case of corruption and maladministration against officials in the municipality’s communication, marketing and events division, as well as the former executive mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa.
EFF said the billboards were hired and paid for by the city. However, three weeks before the elections they were used to advertise the ANC and had pictures of President Jacob Zuma, as well as the party logo and colours. Financial resources of the city were thus used to boost the electoral fortunes of the ANC in its dismal bid to win the city again.
The party’s regional chairman Benjamin Disoloane said the billboards were designated for the promotion of city projects or related issues.
” We want those who were responsible for this to be brought to book and for the truth to come out,” Disoloane added.
Disoloane lamented the poor service at the police station after spending nearly four hours trying to lay the charges. During that time, a suspect almost escaped after allegedly disarming an officer and running out of the station.
The suspect ran into the adjacent building which forms part of the station’s premises but he was re-arrested.