EFF urges its candidates to abide by Electoral Court Code of Conduct

The court’s order says Thabo Mabotja must retract his statement on Facebook by next Wednesday.

Economic Freedom Fighters supporters in Sandton. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on all its candidates to abide by the Electoral Code of Conduct after one of their candidates was disqualified for breaking it.

The Electoral Court has ordered that Thabo Mabotja cannot campaign.

The court's order says Mabotja must retract his statement on Facebook by next Wednesday, the day the country votes in the municipal elections.

Mabotja, Tshwane's Ward 7 candidate, was sidelined after a post on Facebook that white people should be "hacked and killed".

The EFF says it welcomes the Electoral Court's ruling disqualifying Mabotja from contesting Wednesday's elections and has called on its candidates to heed the code and to "act with restraint".

But the party also says it has complained to the Independent Electoral Commission about many violations of the Code involving harm to its members, and claims nothing's been done.

The party's accusing the IEC of acting against Mabotja based on "a social media statement whose effects and impact" it says have "never materialised", unlike actions against EFF members.