by Harold McGluwa – DA Northern Cape Provincial Chairperson & Chief Whip of the Provincial Caucus
Date: 22 September 2017
Type: Press Statement
The DA has laid criminal charges of intimidation against ANC supporters who last week attacked the house of our candidate, Andeline Ghafoor, who is contesting next week’s by-election in Ward 4, Upington.
The incident happened only an hour after the DA refused to sign off on the voters roll due to an objection regarding the names of more than 824 voters which had not been corrected. ANC supporters hurled bricks at Ghafoor’s house, using offensive language and threatening her and her family.
The DA has also lodged a formal complaint with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) after experiencing further threatening behaviour by ANC members who have taken to disrupting our street meetings during the past three days.
The Electoral Act contains an Electoral Code of Conduct aimed at promoting “conditions that are conducive to free and fair elections” and that create a climate of tolerance, free political campaigning, and open public debate. The ANC has clearly violated this code.
The ANC’s disruptive tactics and intimidation of our members and public representatives goes against the very spirit of free and fair elections. The ANC’s poor behaviour also points to an increasingly desperate ANC that is willing to cross the line to stay in power.
Despite the ANC’s undemocratic behaviour, DA representatives and members have remained disciplined and committed, not engaging in political violence.
Unlike the ANC, the DA will fight the good fight in a regulated and constitutional manner that does not go against the grain of our democracy.
The DA is also confident that more and more people are starting to see the ANC for what it really is, namely a gang of thugs who have become so corrupt, self-serving and immoral that they will stoop to the lowest levels to cling to power.
In this regard, we trust that those who have seen the truth will withhold their votes from the ANC and rather lend them to the DA, who has a proven track record in good and clean governance.
I hereby call upon all political parties to bring their members in line and to create a conducive environment that will allow voters to exercise their democratic rights by allowing them to vote for the party of their choice on Wednesday next week, without the fear of reprisal by ANC hooligans.
DA Northern Cape Provincial Chairperson & Chief Whip of the Provincial Caucus
082 440 1779
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387