EFF taking IEC to court

The party says election registration fees need to be reduced considerably.

The EFF says election registration fees need to be reduced considerably. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it's taking the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to court over election registration fees because electoral laws discriminate against the poor.

Yesterday, the EFF confirmed it wants the IEC to reduce the amount parties are required to pay to contest the elections.

Under the current law, a political party has to pay the IEC R200,000 to contest the national elections and R45,000 for each province it runs in.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says that's simply too much.

"In a country that is developing and where the majority of people are not benefitting from the political situation, we are saying it is too much and must therefore be reduced considerably."

He says this is about principle and not a sign that the party doesn't have the money to contest the May elections.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old motorist who earlier this week accused EFF leader Julius Malema of common assault and damage to property withdrew the case yesterday.

Bernard Redelinghuys on Wednesday opened the case against Malema and another man after claiming he was confronted and slapped during a road-rage incident in Polokwane earlier this week.

The EFF says it was never made aware of any investigation.

The party claims the case was aimed at tarnishing Malema's image.