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We are unfazed by ‘ridiculous and outrageous’ ActionSA claims, says DA

Democratic Alliance (DA) and ActionSA are embroiled in a ‘political mud-slinging’ in KwaZulu-Natal.

These follow allegations the DA attempted to bribe ActionSA Newcastle Councillor Shandy Singh to join its ranks.

ActionSA said on Tuesday it will pursue bribery charges against KwaZulu Natal DA top leaders, including Dean Macpherson.

ActionSA National Chairperson, Michael Beaumont said his party had received reliable information that a meeting had taken place to offer Singh incentives to leave our party and fill the vacancy in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature created by the resignation of DA Chief Whip Zwakele Mncwango.

“It is evident in a photo that Singh is posing with DA Leader John Steenhuisen, former Helen Zille chief of staff Ashor Sarupen confirming a meeting took place.

Also in the picture is a DA KwaZulu-Natal Chairperson, Dean Macpherson, and DA KwaZulu-Natal Provincial leader Francois Rogers,” said Beaumont.

He said ActionSA is urging  DA to prioritise Newcastle residents over any attempts to settle political scores.

“It is inexplicable that financial bribes are being offered to corrupt public officials in an organisation that claims to be principled and committed to the rule of law.” Beaumont said.

DA National Spokesman Cilliers Brink dismisses ActionSA claimed ‘reliable information’ as false.

“We will  completely ignore your  threats to pursue criminal charges against us,” said Brink

Brink said the accusations are ridiculous at best and outrageous at worst.

DA accused ActionSA of bitter desperation hitting a new low and said the party wasted SAPS time and resources on lies while South Africans suffered the effects of crime.

According to Brink, while this is a new low for the party, it is not the first time ActionSA has made outrageous and unfounded claims to gain media attention.

“While ActionSA fights petty political battles, the DA will continue to fight for South Africans,” Brink added.

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