Cape Argus

Multiple voting claims probed


EFF NATIONAL chairperso­n advocate Dali Mpofu could face criminal prosecutio­n for allegedly admitting on national TV that he had encouraged voters to cast their votes twice during last week’s elections.

Police Minister Bheki Cele said police were investigat­ing politician­s for their alleged involvemen­t in encouragin­g their supporters to vote more than once.

But both Cele and Police Commission­er General Khehla Sitole avoided confirming that Mpofu was one of the suspects being investigat­ed following his post-election comments on national TV on Thursday.

Cele and Sitole were speaking during the briefing of the justice, crime prevention and security cluster on the outcome of the elections.

While the two confirmed the possible investigat­ion of politician­s, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula appeared irked by the repeated questions from the media.

She also sharply differed with Cele on whether to confirm to the media that politician­s were under investigat­ion.

Mapisa-Nqakula said the police should be given an opportunit­y to fully investigat­e the claims, including allegation­s against politician­s.

“You can’t ask politician­s these questions. The decision to prosecute anybody on allegation­s of voting twice will be taken by the police and the National Prosecutin­g Authority. It is unfair to ask politician­s to comment on the matter.

“If a decision is taken to prosecute any of the politician­s, the police minister will convene a press conference and inform the media,” Mapisa-Nqakula said.

The furore was caused when Mpofu on Thursday last week was asked to comment on allegation­s of people voting twice, and in his reply said: “This has now been conclusive­ly proven, that many people were able to vote more than once. When I received reports of this in the Eastern Cape yesterday, I actually asked guys to go and test the system, and I was speaking to somebody from the DA later, when I arrived here, before the closing, and I asked them to do the same thing and I think they did it in Soweto.

“I don’t know conclusive­ly, but the person I spoke to said actually the tester was able to vote three times. So it’s crazy; it means someone could have voted 10 times,” Mpofu said.

While Mpofu claims to have encouraged his supporters in the Eastern Cape to breach the Electoral Act, no such incidents were reported or investigat­ed by the police in that province.

Cele only confirmed that 20 people were arrested after attempting to vote for a second time during the elections.

He said: “Nineteen suspects were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal, of which 16 were alleged to have transgress­ed in Dannhauser, two in Hluhluwe and one in Port Shepstone, while the twentieth suspect was arrested in Douglasdal­e in Gauteng.”

Cele added: “The swift response in investigat­ing and arresting all the suspects who were alleged to have committed electoral fraud is commendabl­e.

“In relation to alleged multiple voting, a total of eight cases and 24 arrests were noted.”

 ??  ?? EFF national chairperso­n Dali Mpofu.
EFF national chairperso­n Dali Mpofu.

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