The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has withdrawn the name of an EFF Tshwane ward Councillor candidate Thabo Mabotja, from the list of contesting candidates in the August 3 local government election.
Reports say Mabotja was disqualified by the electoral body for making racist comments, calling for the killing of all white South Africans.
The EFF ward candidate Mabotja apparently called for white people to be ‘hacked and killed’ on Facebook.
A screenshot of his comment which went viral on the social media had Mabotja saying: “All white people must be hacked and killed”.
At the sight of this, IEC tried to reach the party leader and the ward candidate regarding the matter.
The commission was also reportedly trying to summon him for an official investigation, but could also not locate him on Thursday.
The leader of the Democratic Alliance however wheeled into the matter by saying that the IEC was not in the position to decide on the matter
“Surely it’s not just the job of the IEC – why does the party associate itself with these statements?” said Maimane.
Ndlozi at that time, said the party was aware of the incident, but that they were still looking into the actuality of the matter.
“Well, as you would know, we are going to familiarize ourselves with the facts of the case.”
Meanwhile, as the election day draws closer, the Independent Electoral Commission has said it is largely concerned about possible outbreak of election violence in the country.
IEC deputy chairperson Terry Tselane however said the commission will continue to monitor the situation and have conversations with the political parties concerned, to make sure that issues that would lead to violence are dealt with.