IEC acted quickly because complaint involved whites - EFF

2016-07-29 19:22
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says dissatisfied people must vote the ruling party out of power to teach other parties that if they mess up they will lose power too. (News24)

Cape Town - The EFF has called on its candidates to respect the Electoral Code of Conduct and act with restraint following the disqualification of one of its Tshwane ward councillor candidates, Thabo Mabotja.

Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party welcomed the Electoral Court’s decision against its candidate on Friday.

The court ruled that Mabotja’s statement on Facebook, in which he called for white people to be "hacked and killed" constituted a breach of the Electoral Code of Conduct in relation to the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act. 

Ndlozi appealed to the EFF candidates contesting next week’s local government elections to act with restraint.

READ: EFF councillor candidate disqualified after calling for whites to be 'hacked and killed' - reports

“However, we note that the IEC managed to act on this complaint with speed and precision because it involved white people. As an organisation, we have complained about many violations of the Electoral Code of Conduct by the ruling party which in some instances involved actual harm to the lives of our members. Yet, nothing, to this day, has been done,” he said.  

The party had complained in writing and in meetings with the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC).

“This leaves us with no other option but to assume that to the IEC, black lives do not matter. It matters little if their rights are disrupted, lives harmed or if they kill each other or die; it does not constitute any urgent matter even if blood is spilled.”

He said this was the first time since 1994 that the IEC has acted decisively “with the EFF in defence of white people as a group”.

“They are telling us that even a mere suggestion of harm on white people will be pursued and crushed with the full might of the law.”

Numerous attempts to reach IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela were unsuccessful.

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