Elections face strike threat

2014-04-06 10:00

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South Africa’s fifth democratic election, scheduled to be held next month, risks being disrupted after employees of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) threatened to strike unless chairperson Pansy Tlakula is removed before May 7.

The threat to strike is a new layer of pressure on Tlakula, who was implicated in a PwC forensic audit as well as a Public Protector’s report into the leasing of the commission’s R320?million Centurion headquarters.

In a meeting with the IEC this week, opposition party leaders Julius Malema and Mamphela Ramphele apparently told Tlakula to her face she must resign.

After the meeting, Malema threatened “civil war” should Tlakula stay in her position.

Meanwhile, the ANC has been identified as the main culprit in elections-linked intimidation and its fierce KwaZulu-Natal rival the IFP is also implicated, according to new research that will be released this week.

Twenty-four representatives from nine political parties, including the ANC, were interviewed by researchers from the Community Agency for Social Enquiry.

The DA, IFP, National Freedom Party, EFF, Agang?SA and the Workers & Socialist Party all told researchers they had been intimidated by the ANC.

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