The DA in the Western Cape has at least 60 days to hand over documents detailing cadre deployment records in the province, or face legal action.

The ANC in the province says it has filed a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application and requested all correspondence, detailing cadre deployment between 2009 and 2024.

It wants all records of communication from the DA to its structures and other individuals.

The ANC has accused the DA of implementing cadre deployment in the Western Cape and other municipalities where it governs.

The move comes after the ANC handed over its records to the DA, in March.

The leader of the opposition, Cameron Dugmore, says they expect the governing party in the province to do the same.

“This is a legitimate request for information in terms of the PAIA legislation and the DA must simply provide it, or continue to be rightfully accused of being hypocrites, of applying double standards or hiding something. Because we believe that there’s a pattern here of undermining well-qualifying candidates.”

Meanwhile, the DA says it doesn’t have a single cadre deployment record to share with the ANC.

That’s because it’s not using such a policy.

“ In our efforts to rescue South Africa from the ANC, the DA managed to force the ANC to finally disclose the details of years of cadre deployment that has been the main source of the horrific state our country is in. Now, in a feeble attempt to respond, they could think of nothing better but copy the DA. In this case, however, they will be utterly disappointed. We don’t do cadre deployment and never will. We haven’t a single thing to hand over”, said the DA’s Melt Botes.

The DA says it is guided by its values and principles of freedom, fairness, opportunity, and diversity, and are proud of their meritocratic system of appointment, as reflected in their candidate lists for the 2024 National and Provincial Elections.

Picture: ANC Western Cape Caucus