The article “Mud flies over ANC’’s VIP gangster guest by Warda Meyer (Argus 30 April) is perhaps the most explosive report that I have read about this election. Seven days before voting, Democratic Alliance (DA) Western Cape leader Ivan Meyer issued a hard hitting statement alleging that the African National Congress (ANC) was funding its Western Cape campaign with illegal drug money.
This is a serious allegation and cannot just be dismissed by the ANC. Drug addiction and the drug wars that have ravaged the Western Cape is perhaps the single most important election issue for war torn residents who exist on the Cape Flats. These allegations made by the DA also contradict earlier headlines that suggest that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has ordered senior police officers to go all out after drug lords. Whatever the truth might be politicians owe the voters some accountability.
Though this type and quality of allegations have been floating around for some time, perhaps it is time that political parties should all declare that they have not received any money which are the proceeds of crime, especially drug dealing. The allegation by Ivan Meyer that the ANC has ties with gang bosses are also serious and must be investigated. This type of statements cannot be thrown around as an electioneering tool while people are killed daily on the Cape Flats. Either Ivan Meyer is a lying, confused fool or he is telling the truth. Before this Election Day, Capetonians must demand the truth.
Muslims in particular are prohibited by Islamic law and conscious from voting for any political party that uses money from criminality, especially drug dealing. Since the leader of AGANG admitted to receiving money from Nathan Kirch, the Israeli partly responsible for building the Apartheid wall in Israel, the political parties that Muslims can vote for are becoming less by the day.
In the words of Abraham Lincoln “If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
Cllr Yagyah Adams
Cape Muslim Congress