Casac: Malema’s election rigging claims will damage IEC

Malema claimed that the IEC would be a third party in the upcoming elections because it can’t be trusted.

EFF leader Julius Malema addressing the supporters during the party’s manifesto launch at Orlando Stadium on 30 April 2016. Picture: EFF Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Constitutional organisation, Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says Julius Malema is going to damage the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), if he doesn't retract his claim that it fixes elections.

Malema claimed on Saturday that the IEC would be a third party in the local government elections - because it can't be trusted.

The commission has been strongly criticised by a group of independent candidates in Tlokwe, but government and Casac say there's no evidence that is has ever rigged elections.

Casac's executive director Lawson Naidoo says Malema should tread more carefully.

"One can be critical of the IEC without accusing [it] of rigging elections. The Tlokwe example is a very good one; where the irregularities have been identified and determined, and the matter has been taken up within the appropriate forum."

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At the same time, Casac says it's calling on the EFF leader to retract his claim because they're dangerous and untrue.

Malema also claimed during his election manifesto launch, that the IEC had stolen votes in Alexandra.

But Casac says those ballots had been counted, and that the IEC has a proven track record in managing elections.

Naidoo says the claim is dangerous.

"That is an attack on an independent institution, established under our Constitution that has delivered free and fair elections for more than 20 years in South Africa. To make such unwarranted comments against a Chapter 9 institution we believe is dangerous."