The Economic Freedom Fighters has called for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to bar the ANC from participating in the coming local government elections in regions where violence has taken place.
The EFF said in a statement on Sunday evening that the ANC is alleged to have been behind recent attacks in which two of its members had been killed and other members injured while carrying out election work for the party “amid sustained attacks and disruptions of meetings held around the country”.
“They (the IEC) must ban the ANC from participating in elections in regions where it is violent‚ in particular where the ANC leadership is on record saying that they will disrupt our meetings.
“No one who declares no-go areas‚ who organises violence in the way they did in Mbombela should be allowed to be on the ballot. The organisation must know that it ought to be peaceful‚ or it forfeits the chance to stand for elections‚” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.
The IEC has confirmed that the EFF had lodged a formal complaint with it regarding the continued disruptions of the party’s election campaign.
Party leader Julius Malema has been travelling around the country to speak at a series of community meetings ahead of the August elections.
The EFF charged that many of the meetings have been disrupted by people wearing ANC regalia either barricading entrances with burning tyres or throwing objects such as stones.
“Two of our members have died in Tembisa. One died three days ago after spending weeks in ICU. One was stabbed yesterday in Harrismith‚ one was shot in Polokwane Taxi Rank three days ago. That is just this week‚” Ndlozi said.
“The IEC has the power to suspend people and organisations from standing for elections if they violate the electoral code of conduct. Working with the police and the community‚ they can‚ as a commission‚ hold an investigation. They ought to hold a party accountable‚ in particular because the ANC in those regions is not condemning or distancing itself from the actions of its members‚” Ndlozi added.