The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have cried foul after they caught members of the African National Congress (ANC) abusing state resources.
Information from the fighters’ official Twitter page said members of the ruling party were caught en route to the polling stations in a truck that belongs to the South African Police Services (SAPS).
Protesting heavily, the EFF argued that transporting ANC members with SAPS truck is illegal and an abuse of state resources. Validating their claims, they divulged that the ANC voters were spotted at the uMziwabantu Local Municipality, KwaZuluNatal, and the Vhembe municipalities in Venda.
The Malema-led party lamented that this act clearly shows that the ANC has captured the SAPS. They also alleged that the voters wearing ANC shirts were hired to rig the election in favour of the ruling party.
— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) November 9, 2016
Unfazed by all these, the EFF called on all and sundry to massively vote for them in the by-election, in order to have the change they’ve been craving for.
Meanwhile, IEC has announced ANC the winner of uMziwabantu Local Municipality by-election. ANC councillor candidate Bongani Skhosana won the by-election posthumously after he was gunned down earlier this year.
The ANC retained power in 13 of the wards out of the fifteen by-elections that took place across six provinces in the country. The by-elections were contested in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and lastly the Western Cape.
Three by-elections held in KwaZulu-Natal districts where three ANC councillor candidates – Bongani Skhosana, Thembi Mbongo and Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi were killed by unknown men. Notably, the trio won their respective wards posthumously – Umuziwabantu municipality, Newcastle and Ladysmith.
The ANC expressed delight with the result of the by-elections. The party asserted that the outcome of the elections shows that people still believe in them.
“To us, retaining control of the 13 wards means we need to continue accelerating our efforts in dealing with challenges facing our people – acting faster to create jobs, fight crime and deal decisively with corruption,” spokesman Zizi Kodwa said.