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By unknown | Feb 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The Department of Housing has dismissed a call by the DA for the public protector to investigate the possible abuse of state resources in self-promotion by the government.

Yesterday, the DA released a statement questioning the SABC's broadcasting of two programmes commissioned by the departments of housing and agriculture.

The party wants the public protector to investigate the cost of these programmes and the possible abuse of state resources by the ANC-led government for its self-promotion.

Department of Housing (DoH) spokesman Ndivhuwo Mabaya said the programme was aimed at the 2,5million recipients of government-subsidised housing and its purpose was to "educate people about homeownership and the value of a house as an asset".

Mabaya said the money used for the programmes came from the department's communication budget and not from funds allocated for housing, as the DA suggested.

The DoH's programme is titled Breaking New Ground and the Department of Agriculture's programme is called Agriculture Today.

"These programmes . praise the work of the departments. They are propaganda exercises," said the DA.

The party also said that given it was election time, the two programmes were used for electioneering by the ANC-led government.

"Political parties should campaign using their own funds," it said.


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