Tempers flare at Julius Malema’s polling station

2014-05-07 08:20

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the ANC have butted heads outside the Seshego polling station where EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to cast his ballot later this morning.

The EFF accused the ANC of canvassing for votes this morning, which is prohibited by election regulations.

The ANC has set up a table distributing party T-shirts less than 100 metres from the Mponegele Primary School polling station in Seshego’s Zone 1. The EFF said the table was too close to the polling station.

EFF Limpopo coordinator and Malema’s friend, Jossie Bhutane, said “canvassing was stopped last night. I’m worried about what is happening here.”

“We can also do the same, we can bring our people here. The ANC is canvassing and distributing T-shirts and the IEC is hesitating to make a decision. It’s not a good way to start,” Bhutane said.

But the ANC eventually moved its table along by a few metres and tempers were calmed.

The ANC’s election coordinator, Thabo Moteke, said: “This is not campaigning. These people love the organisation and we have to give them T-shirts.”

The station opened promptly at 7am, with about 200 people already queuing to make their mark.

Thabo Mabe, a first-time voter who arrived at the station at 5am, said: “I could barely sleep last night. I was not there but my parents tell me they were not allowed to vote before 1994. My father urged me to vote for the ANC and I will do just that.”

Makie Letsoalo, who supports the EFF, said it was exciting to see people waking up early to exercise their right to vote.

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