ANC reports EFF to IEC for ‘offering free drivers’ licences for votes’

Julius Malema. Picture: EFF/Twitter

Julius Malema. Picture: EFF/Twitter

This is the second complaint lodged against the EFF with the IEC, after Karima Brown reported the party last week for harassment.

The ANC has reported the Economic Freedom Fighters to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) for an alleged digital banner making the rounds on social media, offering free drivers’ licenses in exchange for electoral support.

The ANC, in a statement, said they were alarmed by the EFF’s desperate antics and described them as despicable acts of vote-buying which had to be exposed.

“This despicable act of vote buying must be exposed for what it is and constitutes an illegal act that undermines democracy. The levels of desperation demonstrated by the EFF are indicative of a party that has accepted that their fortunes at the polls are questionable.

“The ANC believes that offering what amounts to monetary inducements to voters and the use of IEC imagery on party material goes against the spirit and the letter of the law.”

The party, which has reported the EFF, hopes the IEC will deal decisively with “the blatant abuse” of the electoral process.

This would be the second complaint against the EFF with the IEC.

The IEC’s chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo confirmed receipt of a complaint against the party and its leader Julius Malema from veteran journalist Karima Brown.

This was after Brown posted an editorial brief in an EFF media WhatsApp group after the party posted an invitation to an EFF “Breakfast With The Elderly” function.

She tweeted: “Keep an eye out for this. Who are these elders? Are they all male and how are they chosen. Keep watching brief (sic).” She later deleted the message.

Malema tweeted a screenshot of Brown’s message and accused her of sending moles to the briefing. Her cellphone number was visible in the screenshot which has resulted in threats being made against Brown.

She has even opened a case of intimidation against Malema and the party at the Rosebank police station, according to News24.

An inquiry has been sent to EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for his views on the allegation.

The EFF in January 2019 dismissed claims of a recruitment agency called Erick Development in Johannesburg promising people jobs. The company was allegedly demanding R650, claiming it was for name tags, uniforms and access cards.

(Compiled by Gopolang Chawane)

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