CAPE TOWN Sunny. Mild.

7 day
  • Monday 14-18°c Showers late. More clouds than sun. Mild. Showers late. More clouds than sun. Mild.
    Tuesday 13-15°c Passing showers. Partly cloudy. Cool. Passing showers. Partly cloudy. Cool.
    Wednesday 13-16°c Scattered showers. More sun than clouds. Cool. Scattered showers. More sun than clouds. Cool.
    Thursday 14-17°c Mostly sunny. Mild. Mostly sunny. Mild.
    Friday 12-19°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Saturday 13-20°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
More News

Claims that ANC bought alcohol in exchange for votes

2016-08-12 07:29
FILE: Voters at Rekgonne Primary School in Mangaung wrapped themselves up in blankets and winter woollies against the cold. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Bloemfontein – Some independent candidates in Mangaung, in the Free State, have claimed that the ANC bought alcohol in exchange for votes in the local government elections. 

A group of 33 candidates told News24 on Thursday that the August 3 elections were not free and fair. 

“We have lodged complaints with the IEC, but during our meeting they did not want to address our election objections,” said Nkosiyomzi Joloza, 59.  

“Some people who were voting at ward 10 in Mangaung declared that they voted because they were bought alcohol by the ANC in exchange for votes. Some of them arrived at voting stations with a taxi that was filled with alcohol, and some said they were voting because they were paid R50,” he said.  

Another candidate claimed ballot papers were stolen in most wards in Mangaung.   

“I personally witnessed ANC members giving residents of ward 27 in Botshabelo alcohol and residents said they would vote for them. Some of our people were asking who voted for the ruling party because they initially voted for us, but the IEC doesn’t want to address this,” said another candidate, Kgotso Lebone. 

Free State IEC spokesperson Mmathabo Rasengane said they had not received complaints in writing from the candidates. At present the allegations were merely rumours and they would not investigate these.

Cold weather

Provincial ANC spokesperson Thabo Meeko rejected the allegations.  

“That is a very disturbing analysis of the elections. We had potential to win. We welcomed the support indicated by our people and we will reflect on our mistakes,” he said.  

The ANC won the Mangaung metro with 56.77% of the votes, down from 66.27% in 2011. The DA got 27.11% of the votes.

According to IEC figures, only 44% of registered voters in the province turned up at voting stations on August 3, apparently due to the cold weather.  

"It was really cold and in places like Zastron it snowed,” IEC said last week.  

The commission had hoped for about 80% of registered voters to turn up, but the trend in the Free State was that voter participation in local government elections was not high.

Read more on: iec  |  bloemfontein  |  local elections 2016  |  politics

More In This Category
IEC announces by-election date

The IEC has announced a date for municipal ward by-elections.

ANC Limpopo urges party to rebuild, dismisses early conference talk

The ANC in Limpopo has vowed to reform itself and has urged branches to focus on rebuilding instead of holding an early special conference or consultative conference.

3 more arrests for slain DA councillor, partner

Three more people have appeared in court in connection with the murders of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner, the Northern Cape Hawks have said.

ANC 'colluding' MEC in hung councils hits back at IFP

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has hit back at the Inkatha Freedom Party which has accused her of working with the ANC to stall processes in hung municipalities.

News24 |   OLX  |  PROPERTY24  |  CAREERS24  |  SPREE  |