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'Gross violation of rights must be probed'

The ANC chief whip has asked the HRC to probe his DA counterpart, the Public Protector & EWN.

The ANC protests outside Primedia Broadcasting's Sandton offices. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Stone Sizani has asked the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to investigate, what he's called, the gross violation of the rights of the more than 11 million people who voted for the party in the 7 May elections.

In a letter to the commission, Sizani names Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Democratic Alliance (DA) deputy chief whip Mike Waters and Eyewitness News as those who must be investigated.

The Public Protector reportedly referred to ANC voters as 'abused spouses' and Waters has been lashed for posting a picture on Twitter that irked the governing party.

Sizani is accusing Eyewitness News , Madonsela and the DA deputy chief whip of undermining the rights and dignity of the more than 11 million people who voted for the ANC.

He says he wants the HRC to carry out an urgent investigation.

The ruling party's chief whip lodged a formal complaint with commission chairperson Lawrence Mushwana on Wednesday afternoon.