Police vans used to transport ANC supporters to by-election voting stations - EFF

2016-11-09 22:18
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Durban - Police in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal are investigating allegations that some of their members were seen transporting ANC supporters to voting stations during Wednesday's by-elections.  

This comes after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) raised concerns that SAPS members were using police vans to help the ANC in by-elections in the Vhembe and Umziwabantu municipalities.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said police were not permitted to transport any political party members in state vehicles.

"That is not allowed," said Mojapelo.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said the matter had been reported.

"We are investigating," said Zwane.

Violation of electoral practices

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi alleged that in Ward 3 of the Vhembe municipality in Limpopo voters were transported by people in ANC T-shirts in a police van with the registration BNW 188 B.  

He claimed that in Ward 1 of the Umziwabantu municipality in KwaZulu-Natal a police van with the registration number BTD 460 B was also used to transport ANC supporters to voting stations in KZN.

"This is not only a direct abuse of state resources, but a corrupt and utter violation of electoral practices. It means the SAPS, who are supposed to be independent, have taken a side and are actively campaigning for the ruling party instead of guarding the elections and ensuring full support of the IEC in the interests of the Electoral Act."

Ndlozi said the alleged actions of the police risked rendering the by-elections "not free, as well as not fair".

"How can men and women with guns and in police uniform go around picking up civilians to vote for the ruling party? It is clear that ordinary civilians are being coerced and intimidated by the police firstly to vote, but secondly, to vote for the ANC."

He said the actions could be taken as a "dress rehearsal on the part of the ANC for what will happen in 2019".

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