EFF defends its controversial car

2015-01-26 12:44

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The Economic Freedom Fighters has defended the buying of a Golf GTI with the party’s money, even though it was not registered in the party’s name.

On the same day City Press’ report about the Golf GTI appeared, the party issued a press statement claiming: “The [Golf GTI] was supposed to be registered with the traffic department and they advised that, as a political organisation, we are not eligible for registering the car. The car was therefore registered privately, while the organisation held all the rights to the car. The car belongs to the EFF and our asset register makes that very clear.”

Last week, City Press went to the traffic department’s offices in Marlboro, Sandton, to ask about the procedure to be followed when registering a vehicle in the name of a political party.

Officials told us any political party can register a car.

» The first official step is a trip to the department of trade and industry, where you can enquire about whether the name you want for your political party is available. If it is, you can then register that name, pay your registration fee and receive your CK documents, the same as with any other company.

» To register this “company” as a nonprofit organisation, take these same documents to the South African Revenue Service and fill in their forms.

» The same CK documents can be used to open bank accounts in the party’s name. The EFF has many bank accounts so it stands to reason they also have registration documents. The party can register vehicles, as with any other company and there is no political party in South Africa that does not have CK forms. They wouldn’t be able to register with the Independent Electoral Commission if they did not have them.

» As was explained by the officials at Marlboro, if a political party wants to register their car, their “company” must be registered on the traffic department’s system, along with the designated individual, known as a proxy, whose ID must be provided, along with a resolution by the company director/s to authorise the person to be the proxy. A proxy is responsible for paying any fines incurred by vehicles registered in the company’s name.

We asked how long this process usually takes.

“No more than an hour,” we were told.

Today, however, the EFF provided another explanation for why the car was not registered in the party’s name – “security reasons”.

The EFF said it might need to sell the Golf GTI, as it’s apparently no longer safe to use because its registration plate appeared in a photograph in a newspaper.

The photograph was published in December.

However, on Friday the EFF told City Press they had resolved as the leadership to reregister the car in the name of EFF “soon”.

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