The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is appalled at the ANC’s complete disregard for electoral democracy.
This follows them breaking the Electoral Code of Conduct, through bussing in their members from other areas to vote in today’s by-election in Mthonjaneni, Ward 5.
Scores of ANC members have been bussed in from as far as eSikhaleni, Madlankala in the uMhlathuze Municipality and surrounding areas. Today they were caught voting in the Mthonjaneni by-election.
Some of these voters confirmed that they have indeed been transported to the area to vote and that they have no homes, nor have they ever resided in Mthonjaneni, not to mention in Ward 5.
This comes after they were asked to point out their homes or where they stay in Ward 5. They could not, as they are not from uMthonjaneni.
The IFP leadership is presently at the Melmoth Police Station to open a case of electoral fraud (breaking of the Electoral Code of Conduct), and the Party has also launched a dispute with the IEC.
This is not the first desperate attempt by the ANC to subvert democratic processes and to seek unlawful means to attempt to win a by-election in Mthonjaneni. Just a few weeks ago, the IFP wrote to the IEC in KZN to file an objection about the Voter’s Roll for this Mthonjaneni by-election, after uncovering discrepancies.
The IFP discovered that some of the voters who were previously on the Roll for the recent by-elections in Ward 12 in the Mthonjaneni Municipality, which were held on August 12, as well as the elections that took place in uMhlathuze Municipality in September, were suddenly registered online to vote in uMthonjaneni.
The mass movement of people from outside the King Cetshwayo District who were suddenly registered to vote in Ward 5 for this by-election, was also identified and reported.
The IFP is therefore calling on law enforcement agencies, as well as the IEC, to take action against those who are going to great lengths to break the Electoral Code of Conduct, thereby undermining South Africa’s constitutional democracy.
Cllr Thami Ntuli
IFP KZN Provincial Chairperson
072 585 5000