ANC 'still campaigning' in Joburg

2011-05-18 09:47

Johannesburg - Disgruntled supporters of independent candidate George Rangwato stood watching in astonishment as ANC members continued campaigning a few metres away from a polling station in ward nine, Tembisa, Kempton Park, on Wednesday.

ANC members, who said they were volunteers, had set up a table not far from a voting tent which assisted people who were unsure about their registration status, under the watchful eyes of the independent group.

As the morning progressed, a car displaying ANC banners on its boot and bonnet was seen stopping next to the table. A man dropped off ANC banners which were then laid out on the table.

Independent candidate supporter Moetapele Tlotleng said he was very unhappy about what was happening at the venue and would raise his concern through the correct channels.

Tlotleng also complained that ANC supporters called aside a woman who wanted to check her name on the Voters' Roll and told her to vote for the ANC.

"This is really unfair, campaigning stopped at midnight on Tuesday."

ANC representative Vusi Makama said she knew nothing of the matter and saw no problem in ANC banners being displayed on the table because they were 100m away from the polling station "as per requirement of the IEC".

Earlier on Wednesday, many people left the polling station because their names were not on the Voters' Roll or they were registered elsewhere.

People opted to go home as they did not want to walk the long distance to the Difateng section.

Some Independent Electoral Commission officials organised transport for those that remained.

Shela Dilakazi said she walked from her home only to be turned away because the roll indicated she was to vote at a different venue.

"I'm thinking of going home, I'm not going to foot," she said.

A married couple, Maina and Aron Mahlangu, said they would go to the other venue, but they were unsure if they would wait in the long queue.

"We might just go back home."

  • The_Stud - 2011-05-18 09:53

    "I'm thinking of going home, I'm not going to foot," she said. HAHAHAHAH - not going to foot!!!????? - 2011-05-18 10:00

      If that's what she said (and was reported accurately) then she has expressed herself well enough to be understood. Your lame comment exposes your immaturity.

      The_Stud - 2011-05-18 10:05

      i just think that it's typo (which was funny!) obviously she said "im not going to vote" or something along that line! stop being so negative and see the bright side!

      Wow! - 2011-05-18 10:09

      @reader - I agree iwth you on this one. Lets hear this oath speak Zulu, Xhosa or any other native language for that matter.

      Robschele - 2011-05-18 10:28

      Maybe she spoke afrikaans and it was translated directly because in afrikaans you would say: Ek gaan nie te voet soontoe nie."

      Lucky Strike - 2011-05-18 10:32

      And your point?? You are pathetic. Grow up .... or something!!

  • Tanequa411 - 2011-05-18 10:02

    Go independents go!

  • REVO - 2011-05-18 10:04

    ANC you guys suck...sooo desperate!!! Too little too late!!

      LBS - 2011-05-18 12:04

      In our area, the DA who fetched my husband with broken leg was not allowed to go nearer than a certain distance from the hall with his DA stickers on the car. He had to take it off!

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-05-18 10:06

    The anc thinks that they can break any rule with impunity, they hold the laws and constitution of the country in utter contempt. They are once again exposing themselves as nothing but an arrogant dirty tricks brigade.

  • kl - 2011-05-18 10:08

    MODERN VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference, demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. SABC1, 2 and 3 show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. The world is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on Good Morning with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.' Demonstrations are held in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, 'We shall overcome.' TV commentators explain that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and there are calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share. Finally, the Government drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government and handed to relatives of the grasshopper. The grasshopper instigates a lawsuit against the ant, and the case is tried under the watchful eyes of the trade unions. The ant loses the case. The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighbourhood. MORAL OF THIS STORY: Be VERY careful how you vote on the 18th of MAY 2011

      Darkwing Duck - 2011-05-18 10:32

      Good story, if only the beginning was relevant. But in apartheid, all the best was given to the ant while the grasshopper was excluded. The rest of the story I can't argue against.

      The Dad - 2011-05-18 12:29

      Ha ha, this is so hilarious and artistic. I appreciate the deeper meaning. Looking at these forums, I can see a trend of pro-opposition support slandering the pro-incumbent supporters and explaining things logically. Unfortunately political allegiance is a little bit like falling in love - it often makes no sense and it often defies logic.

      elly manjobo - 2011-05-18 13:07

      nice analogy there. Clear representation of facts. We are the makers of our own destiny. Not knowing how we vote has an impact on everything.Such choices have a direct impact on the way life will unfold. as one person once put it- we are tired of empty promises. Its been a while since I came across a truly dedicated leader. They all seem to have selfish ambitions these days. It is never about the people anymore.

  • Wayne - 2011-05-18 10:08

    Yes still campaigning because they're frightened of the big bad DA...the DA is cooooming to getttttt yoooooooo!!!!

  • mal.emmer - 2011-05-18 10:15

    The ANC did the same in Monument Park last year. If they do it this year I will lodge a formal complaint and take photo's.

  • Flexy - 2011-05-18 10:31

    What is funny? Not everyone in this country got the privilage of good education. @ least you still understand what she tries to say. I wonder if you can understand a word she say if she speak her home language, dear prof

  • RTG - 2011-05-18 10:31

    What does anyone expect, they're corrupt and have no respect for the law, just power hungry megalomaniacs

  • Madoqua - 2011-05-18 10:33

    The ANC did exactly the same in ward 55 Johannesburg. They set up a table with posters and ANC officials no more than 10m from the entrance to the polling station. I tried to lodge a complaint with the IEC and was told its legal. I then went to check up on it and, lo and behold, it’s allowed. Campaigning may take place outside voting stations as long as it does not interfere with the voting process. I'm not sure about the Tuesday midnight cut-off period for campaigning, but the electoral regulations are pretty clear on the rest.

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-05-18 10:46

    What a joke, they were supposed to be at work anyway and now they can't make the effort to go to another voting station. Do they think they are doing the country a favour. Stupid!

      Mikemcc - 2011-05-18 11:05

      So how far are you having to walk to your polling station Rob? Would you be prepared to walk even 10 kms to vote only to be told you need to walk another 10 to the correct station?

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-18 10:48

    The anc is corrupt! If you voted for the anc don't complain!

  • JMan - 2011-05-18 11:24

    Again...ANC just not following rules...what a bunch of corrupt idiots.

  • lindaleibach - 2011-05-18 14:55


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