SAPS has confirmed that the circulating story about ANC pre-marking ballot papers in order to rig election is a hoax.
The report which went viral on social media platforms claimed that two suspects were arrested in Tembisa with 80,000 ballot papers pre-marked to favor the ruling party at polls.
Speaking, SAPS’ Colonel Amelia Dreyer told BusinessTech that the story is unreal. Dreyer called on South Africans to disregard the report, and condemned the source of the false story.
“This seems to be one of the many hoax news websites that are mushrooming on the internet. There is no verified source to the story,” Colonel Dreyer remarked.
Nonetheless, BuzzSouthAfrica traced the source of the story to one GOSSIPMILL Mzansi site. An excerpt from the report read:
“Two suspects were arrested in Tembisa this morning after police stopped their panel van and discovered almost a 100 000 ballot papers marked as votes for the ANC during a roadblock.”
The report also claimed that the officer in charge of the operation said: “The ballot papers were in ballot boxes already so we don’t know what they were planning to do with them. But now, we know where they where taking them.
…The two suspects were just making deliveries and they were not even sure what was in the van. They told us all the locations they were delivering to so we promise to further our investigations in a hurry as this is a matter of national crime,” the report further related.
Meanwhile, there were insinuations that some party and unidentified entities are plotting to rig Soweto Election last week.
The insinuations came with the report of an alleged theft of ballot papers. The ballot papers were being transported in Johannesburg and were for Ward 29 and 31 in Soweto.