‘Motlanthe in contempt of ConCourt’

2009-02-12 00:00

Cape Town — The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) has accused President Kgalema Motlanthe of being in contempt of the Constitutional Court after Motlanthe yesterday proclaimed the election date as April 22.

FF+ leader Pieter Mulder said Motlanthe’s proclamation flies in the face of the Constitutional Court’s decision to hear on March 4 an FF+ application for South Africans abroad to be able to vote.

The Constitutional Court hearing follows a ruling on Monday by the Pretoria High Court that South Africans living abroad should be allowed to vote in the poll.

Mulder said he still holds hope that the Constitutional Court will rule in favour of registered voters casting their ballots overseas.

Responding to Motlanthe’s proclamation of the date, Mulder said it “speaks of contempt of the Constitutional Court as SA’s highest constitutional body”.

“… President Motlanthe’s proclamation of the election is now creating confusion and uncertainty with the public and South African citizens living abroad who wish to vote. A confirmation by the Constitutional Court on March 4 that Section 33 of the Electoral Act is unconstitutional and that South African citizens living overseas are allowed to vote will humiliate President Motlanthe and the Presidency’s proclamation of today,” Mulder said.

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