The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) may face possible disqualification by the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) for allegedly producing and distributing flyers bearing the logo of the Orlando Task Team (OTT).
The flyers bore the the logo of the OTT, apparently without the community-based organisation’s consent. The poster reads: “OTT loves EFF – OTT supports EFF”.
In an interview with the Sowetan, the organisation’s chairman, Seth Mazibuko, condemned the EFF for what he called “fake flyers”.
The Orlando police confirmed it was investigating a case against the party after its members were caught distributing pamphlets and the IEC in Meadowlands said it was also investigating.
The ward candidate, Thapelo Mokoto, featured on the flyers defended them, saying that the OTT had been part of the EFF’s formation and he was still part of both organisations. He is the OTT deputy chairman, but the party recused him from organisational activities until after the elections.
The party’s national chairperson, Dali Mpofu, told the paper that he had instructed Mazibuko, an ANC member running for elections as an independent candidate, to refer the matter to the IEC.
According to Black Opinion, the Black First Land First (BLF) movement, which was disqualified by the IEC this year, had entered into “a historic electoral pact” with OTT.
“A day after the Orlando Task Team entered into a historic electoral pact with Black First Land First, the Economic Freedom Fighters is accused of distributing misleading flyers in Orlando,” said Black Opinion.
“This desperate action by the EFF is calculated to mislead the voters into believing that the OTT has endorsed it and to this end is both unethical and oppportunitic.
“It can be gleaned from the community exchanges that the EFF clearly doesn’t enjoy any support in Orlando East. The strategy of the EFF is to piggyback on the popularity of the OTT through misleading propaganda. Community members are said to be up in arms about these shenanigans of the EFF.”
Leader of the BLF Andile Mngxitama said: “Interesting coincidence? The stolen ballot boxes in Soweto are for two wards contested by the Orlando Task Team.”
In other news, EFF made headlines yesterday when they visited former president Thabo Mbeki to ask that he vote for the EFF.