On eNCA on Thursday night, EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu appeared to make the unexpected and possibly accidental admission that he influenced people to commit electoral fraud by voting multiple times.
“What’s your take on accusations that people managed to vote more than once?” he was asked.
“This has now been conclusively proven, that many people were able to vote more than once,” he answered.
“When I received reports of this in the Eastern Cape yesterday I actually asked guys to go and test the system and I was speaking to somebody front the DA later, when I arrived here, before the closing, and I asked them to do the same thing and I think they did it in Soweto.
“I don’t know conclusively but the person I spoke to said actually the tester was able to vote three times.
“So it’s crazy, it means someone could have voted ten times,” Mpofu said.
The interviewer then picked up on the fact that Mpofu appears to be admitting to influencing people to vote multiple times, even if this was meant to be a “test”.
Asked if somebody “had committed a crime” that the EFF national chairperson “knew of”, Mpofu said: “Of course it’s a crime, that’s electoral fraud by any stretch of the imagination.”
Mpofu seemed unaware that he was seemingly admitting to motivating others to commit fraud.
“Anybody who is involved in that should be prosecuted,” he added.
Despite a number of complaints, the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Friday morning that it could find “no evidence” that anyone had voted twice in this year’s elections.
This follows the results of the IEC’s investigation into double voting allegations in the midst of an audit, which was requested by, among others, the DA.
Twenty people were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal for attempting to vote more than once. They didn’t succeed in doing so, according to the police.
The easy removability of marks made by the IEC’s election pens following changes to the ink used and ticket scanning machines not being centrally linked are alleged to support the theory of people voting multiple times.