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EFF welcomes decision by Electoral Court to disqualify its candidate

The Electoral Court says Thabo Mabotja can no longer stand for election on Wednesday.

FILE: The EFF rally in Soweto.Picture Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it welcomes the decision by the Electoral Court to disqualify one of its candidates who was standing for election in Tshwane.

Thabo Mabotja's campaign for election as a councillor in Ward 7 came to sudden halt when the court handed down judgment yesterday.

He was found to have violated the Electoral Code of Conduct after a social media post saying white people should be hacked and killed.

The Electoral Court says Thabo Mabotja can no longer stand for election on Wednesday.

Elections day is also the court's deadline for Mabotja to retract the statement he posted on Facebook, which landed him in trouble with the IEC.

The court's order, handed down yesterday, finds that Mabotja violated the Electoral Code of Conduct.

The order says he's now "prevented from using any public media, holding any meeting, demonstration, march or other political event".

He's barred from entering voting districts, canvassing voters, doing any advertising or campaigning in these elections.

The EFF has called on its candidates to respect the code and "act with restraint".

It's also alleging that complaints it has made to the IEC, involving actual harm to its members, have not been attended to.

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