ANC KZN Opens Assault Cases Against EFF After Clashes During Voter Registrations

ANC KZN Opens Assault Cases Against EFF After Clashes During Voter Registrations

  • A police case has been opened by members of the African National Congress (ANC) following clashes with members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
  • The incidents happened during voter registrations at Kwa-Dambuza and Willowfontein in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday
  • ANC spokesperson in the province Nhlakanipho Ntombela said he hopes the South African Police Service (SAPS) conducts a thorough investigation

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The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has confirmed that three of its members have opened assault cases after altercations with the members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) transpired at the weekend.

The incidents happened during voter registration mobilisation efforts by the respective parties, according to a SABC News report.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have had a case opened against them by the African National Congress (ANC). Image: Gianluigi Guercia/ AFP.
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Briefly News recently reported that spats occurred at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s registration centres at Kwa-Dambuza and Willowfontein townships in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.

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At the time, the leader of the EFF, Julius Malema, was on a visit to the respective centres to monitor voter registrations when tensions broke out between the two opposing parties.

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SAPS should do a thorough investigation

A furious Malema said the local government elections could not be free and fair if registered political parties were denied the right to visit stations in peace, IOL previously reported.

Speaking in the aftermath of the violent eruptions, ANC spokesperson in the province Nhlakanipho Ntombela said two party members opened a case of assault with the police after being released from the hospital.

He said he hopes the South African Police Service (SAPS) conducts a thorough investigation and that the alleged instigators are brought to book.

“We hope the SAPS will do their work and we will await the [outcome of the] investigation. But we appeal to our colleagues in the EFF to comply with the regulations set out by the IEC,” said Ntombela.

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'This s unacceptable': Clashes between ANC and EFF members at IEC centres in KZN

In recent related news, Briefly News reported that ugly scenes broke out at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s registration centres at Kwa-Dambuza and Willowfontein townships in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.

The clashes reportedly happened between Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and African National Congress (ANC) members during a voter mobilisation drive by the former's leader, Julius Malema.

Malema reacted by saying the elections cannot be free and fair when the governing party is blocking other parties from registering voters.

“We are going to complain with the IEC. I have seen [an official] of the IEC filming the whole incident," Malema noted, calling for the ruling party's disqualification from electioneering in the Kwa-Dambuza.

Source: Briefly.co.za

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