The DA in Mpumalanga has laid charges against the ANC for allegedly distributing fake DA pamphlets, said a spokesperson.
A case was opened at the Middelburg police station, said Democratic Alliance spokesperson Anthony Benadie.
"Charges are impersonation and false distribution," he said adding that a complaint had also been laid with the Independent Electoral Commission.
He said the Electoral Act prohibited people from "impersonating" other parties and or candidates, as well from distributing false information.
In a statement Benadie said that according to information in its possession, ANC candidate in the upcoming by-elections Jaenette Mahlangu distributed the pamphlet to pupils at the Middelburg Mine Combined school in the Steve Tshwete Municipality last Friday.
The offending pamphlet
"In the pamphlet, the DA is portrayed as a racist party, claiming that the DA wants to bring back the days of 'permits', in order to fight the 'Swart Gevaar'.
"The pamphlet ends with the words 'Warning: Do not show this pamphlet to your maids and garden boys... we need their votes," said Benadie.
The party labelled this "Mugabe-style propaganda" that revealed the extent to which the ruling party was willing to go to cling to power.
It also accused the African National Congress of playing "race politics" to maintain its dominance over the electorate.
"They are a disgrace to our society," said the DA.
The ANC's provincial spokesperson Paul Mbenyane said the party was not aware of the pamphlets.
"As the ANC we printed a number of pamphlets and posters. There is no mention of any other party in our posters or pamphlets.
"The pamphlets elaborate on what the ANC can do for people after the election. This pamphlet cannot be from the ANC," said Mbenyane.
He would not comment on whether the party would investigate the source of the pamphlets.
Said Benadie: "The DA won't be intimidated and neither must the community be intimidated, we will defend our democratic space with all our worth."
Inspector Lize de Wit said criminal charges had been laid.
"A charge of fraud was laid this morning against the ANC at the Middelburg police station."