ANC in Free State blurred lines between the state and party, says Madonsela

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found that the ANC in Free State used the state platform to market itself during the 2011 municipal elections.

Madonsela was releasing her report on the alleged misuse of government funds for party business in the Free State.

Stephen Grootes, standing in for Xolani Gwala, spoke to Dineo Bendile, EWN reporter following the story.

She has found that the Free State provincial government and the ANC in the Free State did create a confusion of state and party activities.

And how they did this, was have a two separate programmes running under the same name. There's one programme known as Operation Hlasela, which's a government programme focusing on service delivery ahead of 2011 municipal elections. And there was a privately funded programme also known as Operation Hlasela.

Dineo Bendile, EWN reporter

The public protector says even though the privately funded Hlasela didn't use state funds, it used a state platform to market and advertise the ANC, which was a disadvantage for other political parties, therefore counts as unfair practice of electioneering.

Dineo Bendile, EWN reporter

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