ANC accused of political intimidation

2016-07-28 10:26
IEC voting station. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

IEC voting station. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - Opposition parties have cried foul, objecting to political bullying by the ANC.

A multi-party delegation consisting of the DA, EFF and the IFP are set to submit a dossier containing incidents of political intolerance and intimidation in the province, which they say has been perpetrated by ANC, to provincial electoral officer Mawethu Mosery.

DA provincial chairperson Haniff Hoosen said the incidents had increased in the province. “During the course of the election campaign our activists and members have experienced several cases of political intolerance in the province. As we approach the elections on August 3, these incidents are becoming increasingly frequent and more violent in nature. This past weekend, the DA’s provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango, Msunduzi mayoral candidate and deputy leader Mergan Chetty and dozens of DA activists were prevented from entering and campaigning in Imbali township in Msunduzi. ANC members hurled bricks at the passing DA motorcade and one ANC member brandishing a chainsaw attempted to attack DA members and caused damage to the vehicle of the mayoral candidate [Mergan Chetty],” he said.

Hoosen said the EFF and IFP will also be handing over a list of cases of political intolerance and intimidation by the ANC against their members. “The purpose of the meeting is to call upon the IEC to urgently address the increasing political tension in the province and take action against the ANC for its failure to adhere to the electoral code of conduct which they signed … Recent incidents prove that the ANC has no regard for the very code of conduct that they signed and continue to promote division to gain political advantage over their opponents,” he said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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