The African National Congress (ANC) said yesterday the Democratic Alliance (DA) is once again preparing the ground for its failure in 2016 Local Government Elections. The ANC’s comment follows the recent attack on the integrity of the IEC by the DA.
The IEC, according to the ANC, is being used as a scarecrow and scapegoat in this process.
“In true DA fashion, they have commenced their election campaign with a continuation of an anti-majoritarian offensive, an attack on the ANC and glaring lack of any substantive issues to raise to the electorate,” said the Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe.
The party said the irony is that the only Commissioner in the IEC with clear politician affiliation is Reiner Taljaard, a former DA MP and former CEO of Helen Suzman Foundation.
“It is ironic also, that Zille attacks the Municipal Demarcation Board for being partisan. She suffers from selective amnesia and forgets that the Municipal Demarcation Board has often found in favour of the DA, including in Midvaal,” said Mantashe.
“When it comes to the issue of teachers or SADTU members being employed as officials in the election process, Zille has clearly not done her homework well in terms of teachers who have been employed as functionaries by the IEC since 1994.”
“Not all teachers are members of SADTU, many who have been employed during elections are members of National Teachers Union (NATU), the Suid Afrikaanse Onderwys Unie (SAOU) and the National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) amongst others.”
According to the ANC, the IEC has served the people of South Africa with distinction over the past 20 years, doing so in a manner that is universally accepted as non-partisan.