BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed about the assault of a DA ward candidate in Uniondale by ANC members.
According to the Democratic Alliance party, the assault happened on Friday 13 January.
The DA candidate for ward 25, Marchell Kleynhans, encountered the assault as he entered the Uniondale police station to report the ANC for peddling misinformation to community members.
Also, another DA activist was allegedly assaulted and threatened by ANC members on the same day. DA said the incident took place in her home.
Already, the DA has laid charges of assault with the South African Police Service (SAPS).
The opposition party said: “it is unacceptable that people are threatened or intimidated when they exercise their right to vote, campaign or participate in election activities.
“The DA has repeatedly raised concerns about the ANC’s breach of the Electoral Code of Conduct with the IEC. We have also made known our concerns about the unwillingness by the SAPS to take action against incidents of intimidation.”
Afterwards, the party vowed that it will do all it can to ensure that the by-election in ward 25 is free and fair.
“…For this to happen, all parties must adhere to the Electoral Code of Conduct. We therefore urge the ANC to demonstrate tolerance and respect for democratic process,” DA implored.
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Meanwhile, the DA expressed that they are deeply saddened by the passing of Jazz legend, Thandi Klaasen.
The party extend condolences to Klaasen’s family, friends and loved ones saying:
“Her significant contribution to Jazz in South Africa will always be remembered, acting as a guiding light for those across our country who wish to develop our country’s arts and culture.
We therefore encourage fellow South Africans to honour the role she played in our country by supporting our local music industry.
South Africa is a country filled with talent and hope, and Thandi Klaasen’s story shows what we can achieve – even in the most difficult of circumstances.”
“Rest in peace, Mam’ Thandi. You will be sorely missed,” added the party.