EFF warned not to tarnish IEC’s reputation

EFF leader Julius Malema used his party’s manifesto launch to warn the IEC not to rig the August polls.

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

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Cooperative Governance Minister Obed Bapela says the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) should approach the courts with evidence of vote-rigging, instead of spreading allegations that have the potential to damage the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) reputation.

EFF leader Julius Malema used his party's local government election manifesto launch in Soweto over the weekend to warn the IEC not to rig the August polls.

Malema claims that votes cast for the party were "stolen" in Alexandra in Gauteng during the 2014 general elections.

Bapela has urged the EFF to produce proof.

"Any evidence? Please go to the courts or go to the Public Protector."

Bapela says this issue was raised back in 2014, and since then there's been no credible evidence to back it up.

"Instead they chose to politic on the matter and damage the reputation of the IEC."

Meanwhile, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, Casac, has urged the EFF to retract its "dangerous condemnation" of the IEC, a Chapter 9 institution.