Daily Archives: August 4, 2016

South Africa: DA Sent Our Voters Away, ANC Claims

A Mitchell’s Plain African National Congress candidate alleges that Democratic Alliance party agents redirected voters from Lost City, Tafelsig, who showed disinterest in voting for the blue party on Wednesday.

Sulyman Stellenboom, who contested Ward 82, said on Thursday he was outraged by the alleged incident, which ANC party agents and supporters in the area at the time reported to him.

ANC PR candidate Nigel Willliams said he witnessed the incidents around 08:00 on Wednesday morning as registered voters walked toward the polling station at Huguenot Primary.

“They were approaching people and if they appeared to not be interested in voting for the DA, they lie and tell people that they should be voting at the Thusong Centre, which is a distance away,” he said.

The voters apparently told party agents at the Thusong Centre that the DA had sent them there. Their names were not on the voting station’s list.

“They are hoping that the people will get fed-up and decide not to vote at all,” Williams insisted.

Complaints

Stellenboom said he had informed the Western Cape ANC of the incident.

By 14:00 on Thursday, the party had not yet handed in a complaint on the matter to the IEC, spokesperson Trevor Davids said.

DA ward candidate Sheval Arendse denied that his agents would interfere in the voting process.

“They wouldn’t do that. No one has come to me to complain that this was done to them,” he said.

Also on Wednesday morning, Williams said he laid a complaint with the presiding officer at the Huguenot Primary voting station after DA members handed out T-shirts within the voting station’s boundaries.

“They were told this was illegal and the police had to remove them.”

ANC general secretary Faiez Jacobs said a number of complaints were lodged against the DA, including those who “intimidated and prevented” people from voting.

“In Simon’s Town, DA supporters interfered with voters. In Stellenbosch Ward 3, ANC tables were taken away by DA people and the road closed for our volunteers,” Jacobs said.

“The undemocratic action by the DA is reprehensible. It cannot be tolerated in our democracy that a party commits by signing a code of conduct, but fails to be bound by it or allows supporters to get away with such actions.

“Political parties must take responsibility for their people and their agents should assist at these points.”

The Western Cape DA’s Cameron Arendse said he was not aware of any of the alleged incidents.

Western Cape IEC head Courtney Sampson on Wednesday night said some 25 complaints had been received in the province. Most of them were related to interactions between parties. All of the complaints had since been resolved, he said.

Source: News24Wire.

South Africa: Group Arrested While Allegedly Plotting to Kill Witness – Hawks

Six men, who were allegedly plotting to kill a witness in a criminal matter, were thwarted in Khayelitsha, Western Cape Hawks said on Thursday.

Their vehicle was intercepted along Pama Street on Tuesday afternoon as part of a sting operation, said Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha.

Officers found two unlicensed firearms.

Ramovha said the men were set to appear in Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Source: News24Wire.

South Africa: Second Half Strike Sees Banyana Beaten By Sweden in Rio

A 75th minute goal by Nilla Fischer saw the South African women’s football team go down 1-0 to Sweden here on Wednesday.

The Group E clash was the first sporting action of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Four years ago Banyana Banyana also met Sweden in their first match and went down 1-4 on that occasion.

After hitting the cross bar in the fifth minute, Sweden dominated for much of the play on a cool Brazilian afternoon and SA keeper Roxy Barker was in frequent action.

Tigerish midfielder Steph Malherbe stood out for the South Africans but chances were few and far between with the strikers often too isolated and ineffectual against the tall Swedish backline.

An indication of just what the South Africans were up against were that the staring Swedish 11 had six players taller than 1.75m. SA had just one and that was keeper Barker.

In the 27th minute there was an injury concern for midfielder Mamello Makhabane who was stretchered off but was back in the thick of things in no time at all.

Less than 10 minutes later and the stretcher crew were in action again, this time it being more serious a concern as Shiwe Nogwane was replaced by Linda Motlhalo.

After four minutes referee’s optional time Banyana went into the break having held their more fancied opponents to a 0-0 scoreline.

The second half served up still more of an attacking smorgasbord by the Scandinavians with Barker again called on to keep SA in the game. Noko Matlou was sent clattering to the ground in the 64th minute with the pro-South African local crowd yelling ‘yellow card, yellow card’.

In the 70th minute there were two quick corners in succession for SA taken by Makhabane from first the right hand then the left side.

A small period of pressure ended with Lebohang Ramalepe making a horribly scuffed mess of an attempted shot from the edge of the box.

Then came the turning point as Barker twice managed to clear her line before the ball bobbled loose to big Swedish defender Fischer who bundled it over with her upper thigh.

South African’s most threatening player up front, Jermaine Seoposenwe thought she was through and clear on goal in the 80th minute but was then flagged for offside.

While disappointed to have lost, skipper Janine van Wyk put on a brave face. ‘We played our hearts out there today. Yes, we lost but the goal was a sloppy one and our defence stood firm and they didn’t score from a set move or a header.

‘We played much better as a team today compared to our friendly against New Zealand last week.

‘Now we’ll analyse this game and coach Vera [Pauw] will prepare us for China on Saturday. I’m very happy and proud of the girls today.’

Next up for the South Africans is a match against China at the same venue on Saturday at 7pm local time (midnight SA time).

Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

South Africa: ANC Shows Big Lead in Tense Malamulele Municipality

The ANC has won more than 80% of the votes counted in the volatile Malamulele municipality in Limpopo.

According to the IEC, 79% of the votes had already been captured in the area by 15:00 on Thursday, with the ANC claiming 84.36% of them.

The EFF came in second, with 8.94% of the votes. Independent candidates in the area had captured 0.78% of the votes so far.

Many residents of Vuwani opted not to vote on Wednesday to express their unhappiness with the government.

Earlier this year, some residents burnt down and vandalised dozens of schools in protests against a decision by the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB), leaving nearly 53 000 pupils affected.

The destruction started on April 29, when the Masia Traditional Council lost a court application to set aside the MDB’s decision to merge the underperforming Vuwani municipality with parts of the Malamulele municipality in the Vhembe district.

On Monday, voting stations were not opened in Vuwani. The IEC had also decided to postpone special voting until Tuesday, due to the small number of applications received. Residents boycott polls and play soccer Only 32 people had applied for special votes, IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya said.On Wednesday morning, police had been deployed to all 56 voting stations in Vuwani. However, some residents played soccer near voting stations instead of going to vote, in protest against their areas’ incorporation into a new municipality.Three community leaders were also arrested in Vuwani earlier in the week for allegedly trying to intimidate people, and for declaring that the elections would not take place.Residents on Wednesday claimed that the government had not consulted them when incorporating their villages into the new, still-to-be-named municipality. They wanted to remain under the Makhado municipality.

Ditches had been dug across some roads in an attempt to prevent IEC officials from accessing the area. Police armoured vehicles were parked on street corners and IEC officials resorted to taking their voting material to the Vuwani police station.

In the neighbouring Makhado municipality, the IEC had captured 61% of the votes by 15:00 on Thursday.

The ANC was leading with 74.21% of the votes. The DA was in second place, with 12.51% of the votes, while the EFF had won 9.03%.

Source: News24Wire.