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DA councillor intimidated in North West

2011-05-18 10:47

Hartbeespoort - A DA councillor was intimidated, allegedly by ANC Youth League members, at a voting station in Hartbeespoort, North West.

Erna Rossouw said league members told her to leave the voting location in Refentswe, a low-cost housing settlement.

"Members of the Youth League started singing the controversial 'Kill the Farmers' and told me I would not be safe in this location on election day. They also threatened my family," she said.

"However, the IEC official and police intervened and I will not be intimidated."

Rossouw alleged ANCYL members threatened her two weeks ago when she visited voters in Refentswe.

"At the moment the situation is sensitive at this voting station, but I will not be intimidated and there is a substantial police presence here."

Meanwhile voting in the Madibeng municipal area in the North West province, which includes Hartbeespoort and Brits, was still slow on Wednesday morning, although queues at voting stations were slowly getting longer.

Independent Electoral Commission officer Tumelontle Thiba said no incidents had been reported in these areas.

An earlier delay, caused by disgruntled voters at the Taung voting station in the North West, was resolved and voting was back on track, she said.

Comments
  • Wayne - 2011-05-18 10:56

    Racial tensions are at an all time high. Anyone that thinks it will go away is sadly mistaken..sadly mistaken.

  • chappy - 2011-05-18 10:58

    The ANCYL needs and education in the meaning of democracy. Everwhere in the world, people are fighting against tyranny and oppression for democratic freedom (as in Egypt, Libya etc.) and here the ANCYL and their parental cohorts fight against democracy. Go figure.

      Grant - 2011-05-18 11:25

      They dont WANT a democracy. They want a dictatorship with big glasses and a moustache to disguise it.

      ITseller - 2011-05-18 13:28

      ANCYL needs Education period Chappy! These guys are doing the very thing they stand against. They also are so uneducated that they do not realize the only way the future will get better is when the DA is running the country, otherwise, I hope they enjoy their low cost housing district. The ANC is keeping them down, the need the poor.

  • Schroeds - 2011-05-18 11:10

    View of young South African. http://schroeds.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/my-20-something-opinion-on-the-local-elections/

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-05-18 11:13

    A word of thanks to the IEC and SAPS for upholding democracy, and unreserved support for Ms Rossouw's resolve not to allow intimidation to win.

  • JMan - 2011-05-18 11:18

    Criminals. all of them.

  • Gatvol - 2011-05-18 11:23

    The ANCYL intimidating this lady and singing the kill the boer song could be some good evidence to use by the Afriforum lawyers when the case resumes.

  • Insanely_Sane - 2011-05-18 11:38

    Sounds like it will end up like the Nigerian National elections and by the looks of things end up like Nigeria. Powerless leaders lining their own back pockets leaving their supporters to die in the streets. Go figure... and the idiots dying on the street still support the pocket liners. you people are supporting leaders who are killing you and you are blindfolded by the racial cards. anti ANC voters will go to hell and your ancestors will punish you...thats the material Trevor Noah can use at his next comedy jam. POWERLESS LEADERS PEOPLE! if ANC carry on this way, be prepared to set you clock back 10 years! typical african leader style!

  • Scott - 2011-05-18 11:52

    I am writing from Australia to give a different perspective. Until recently, the State of New South Wales was led by an ALP (nominally socialist/worker's party) since 1995 (and the ANC, coincidentally, has been in since 1994). After winning the Sydney Olympics, everything went downhill badly - politicians began to act as though they owned their seats, and that the people were lucky to have them. In the meantime they did nothing but fill their own pockets, secure jobs for their friends, and cause any number of scandals ranging from sexual abuse through to drug use. This was only possible because the Liberal (conservative) Opposition was so weak and divided. However, since 2007 the Liberals finally got their act together, and were able to outline positive policies, and hammer the ALP on the endless corruption that occured. The result in the 2011 election was that areas which had been held by Labour for over 100years voted for the Opposition in large numbers - and a 17% swing was recorded across NSW. No government in a democracy will stay fresh or focused upon people's problems without a strong Opposition to bite them when they spend too much, or propose ridiculous ideas. I ask South Africans to keep this in mind as they vote today.

  • zumasaunty - 2011-05-18 12:20

    ARE THE ANCYL ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE AFRICA AND ESPECIALLY SOUTH AFRICA PORTRAYED AS THE JUNGLE CONTINENT .......WITH THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE RULING!!!! CAN THEY NOT LEARN WHAT CIVILISATION IS AND A FEW OTHER WORDS LIKE DEMOCRACY - SOCIAL GRACES - AND LAW AND ORDER!!!! YOU BLOODY UNEDUCATED COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gcr - 2011-05-18 12:24

    Ask Cele to shoot them on sight

  • kingkong - 2011-05-18 12:32

    they are running scared but as always nothing will be done about it dumb idiots they are yet to understand the meaning of democracy but what do you expect the own leaders are clueless

  • Dumisani P - 2011-05-18 13:20

    ANCYL take after their 'uncircumcised' leader, resorting to pettyness, namecalling and attempted intimidation. Shame, bunch of cowards!

  • Jarrid - 2011-05-20 10:34

    F*#king barbarians!

  • gembleton1 - 2011-05-20 10:44

    Why were these uneducated thugs not arrested it is now a criminal office to sing this song, its time the ANC brings there uneducated youth ,l run by the idiot to book ,or are laws for all but the ANC and its cohorts

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