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Political association is a right in SA

13 April 2016, 07:47  - Joyce.Jagaroo

THE weekend was the opportunity for citizens to register to vote. Political association is one’s constitutional right. However, this freedom is not understood by the ANC.

Political parties had every right to canvass outside the registration venues. An ANC PR councillor transgressed the constitutional rights of DA people outside a registration centre when he chastised the young women for not taking into account that the ANC is responsible for old-age pensions, child support grants and taking care of the indigent.

Why should anyone be ashamed of supporting the DA, which is appealing to voters who are fed up with government corruption, local government included?

The ANC needs to understand that pensions, grants and taking care of the indigent are not and never have been an ANC initiative.

In every country, the senior citizens and the poor are looked after. Likewise, the ANC must stop intimidating voters, especially the elderly, by threatening that their pensions and grants will be stopped if they vote for opposition parties. It is on record that the ANC issues food vouchers obtained from the South African Social Security Agency to the poor in exchange for votes. The ANC PR councillor should be ashamed for disrespecting women and showing no respect for their constitutional rights and freedom of association.

The Constitution is the supreme law of South Africa and women’s rights must not be trampled upon by anybody.



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