MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Launches Legal Action to Stop SADTU
From Being Deployed As IEC Officials

30 April 2014.

  

The IFP has launched an urgent legal objection with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to prevent officials of the ANC-aligned SADTU from being deployed as Electoral Officers again in the upcoming May 7 poll.

 

We are of the opinion that the fact that SADTU supports the ANC, actively campaigns for the Party and calls on its members and all South Africans to vote for the ANC, immediately disqualifies SADTU members from holding electoral office in terms of section 8.2 of the Electoral Act.

 

In light of these facts the appointment of SADTU members as Electoral Officers constitutes a flagrant contravention of section 8.2 of the Electoral Act and violates the constitutionally-entrenched notion that the IEC should be independent at all times and should not be associated with any political party.

 

The IFP has therefore called on the Chief Electoral Officer to act in terms of section 132:(9a) and to remove from office all Electoral Officers who are SADTU members, on the grounds that their membership of SADTU constitutes a "material contravention of [section 8.2]", rendering the upcoming elections on May 7 neither free nor fair.

 

The IFP has received a response from Gildenhuys Malatji, acting on behalf of the IEC, dismissing our complaint.

 

We will now consider further urgent legal action.

 

Contact: Mr Lourens de Klerk MPL, on 078 302 3839.