One of ANC’s shady deals in the just concluded elections in Mangaung, Free State, has come to light.
A report filed by a group of 33 independent candidates and heard by the Independent Electoral Commission revealed that the ANC bought Mangaung voters alcohol in exchange for votes.
The candidates also divulged this to reporters on Thursday. They categorically revealed that most people who voted for the ruling party in Ward 10 did so because the ANC donated a taxi filled with alcohol to them.
Not only that, they also claimed that scores of voters who voted for the ruling party were paid R50 and a good number of ballot boxes were stolen in Mangaung.
Going with the claims, the 33 candidates said the credibility of the election and ANC’s victory in the metro remains questionable as they violate electoral codes of conduct.
One of the candidates, Nkosiyomzi Joloza, said: “Some people who were voting at ward 10 in Mangaung declared that they voted because they were bought alcohol by the ANC in exchange for votes.
Some of them arrived at voting stations with a taxi that was filled with alcohol, and some said they were voting because they were paid R50,”
Another witness, Kgotso Lebone said he “personally witnessed ANC members giving residents of ward 27 in Botshabelo alcohol and residents said they would vote for them”.
But the aggrieved candidates lamented that their pleas to have the allegations investigated fell on deaf ears as the IEC doesn’t want to address their election objections.
Free State IEC spokesperson, Mmathabo Rasengane, maintained that the electoral body will not carry out investigation on the matter because they are purely rumours.
The allegations were also downplayed by ANC spokesperson Thabo Meeko, who described the claims “as a very disturbing analysis of the elections.”
Voter participation in Manguang, in the local government elections was not high despite the fact that the ANC won the Mangaung metro with 56.77% of the votes while the DA got 27.11% of the votes.