Citizen reporter
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20 Mar 2019
7:01 pm

VIDEO: Apologetic EFF ‘condemns’ members for removing ANC posters

Citizen reporter

However, others have been quick to suggest that ANC members may be equally, or even more, to blame.

Picture: Video screen grab

In a tweet on Wednesday evening, the Economic Freedom Fighters said they had seen and taken note of footage of their members engaging in the illegal removal of rival ANC posters.

The statement came, ironically, on the same day the party signed an electoral conduct pledge undertaking to not do precisely this sort of thing.

“We categorically condemn such action and will take necessary steps against those fighters. We apologise to the ANC and pledge our commitment to a free and fair democratic contestation of these elections.”

EFF leader Julius Malema called what he was seeing “the highest form of stupidity”.

The video footage had emerged just hours earlier and, in it, EFF and ANC members can be seen confronting each other.

According to those claiming to have information about the incident, however, ANC members allegedly also tried to remove EFF posters, or were supposedly “provoking” EFF members by placing ANC posters next to theirs at the Mpumalanga, GwaQuka, township venue where the EFF will hold a manifesto rally this weekend in Emalahleni.

A party that breaches the electoral code, as the EFF has done, can be fined up to R200,000, lose electoral deposits, be made to stop working in an area or even lose its votes from a certain area.

In the worst-case scenario, they could be barred from contesting elections at all.

(Compiled by Charles Cilliers)

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