UNITED Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has warned Julius Malema not to expect assistance from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) prepares to fight elections next year.
Speaking at the launch rally of Mr Malema’s EFF in Marikana‚ in North West‚ yesterday‚ Mr Holomisa said the EFF should not be discouraged if it discovered that IEC processes were biased against them.
"You need to know that the IEC will refuse to share information you need to strategise and prepare for elections. You won’t be told how many ballot papers have been printed and how many of those have serial numbers‚” Mr Holomisa told thousands of Mr Malema’s supporters and locals in Marikana.
On Friday‚ Mamphela Ramphele’s Agang SA party was expected to hand over a memorandum at the offices of the IEC in Gauteng detailing "concerns regarding the prospects of a free and fair elections in 2014”.
"This follows a series of recent incidents of intimidation‚ the denial of access to public buildings and disruption of meetings by ANC members across the country in the course of Agang SA’s political campaigning‚” the party said in a statement.
An electoral court ruling last month — the reasons were released only last week — recommended an investigation against an IEC official in Tlokwe‚ North West‚ for allegedly undermining the registration of independent candidates‚ among them former ANC members.
Mr Holomisa‚ wearing a white tracksuit bottom with matching top and sneakers‚ told the EFF to keep its eyes on the ball at all times.
In an interview on the sidelines of the rally‚ Mr Holomisa said he was invited to attend the EFF launch in Marikana and that he thought other opposition political parties would also have been invited.
Earlier in the day the EFF was secretive about Mr Holomisa’s presence at its launch. EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlosi said the party expected that Mr Holomisa’s presence would "create a buzz” in the media in the upcoming weeks.
Mr Ndlosi said Mr Holomisa would‚ during his speech‚ give a hint about the reasons for his surprise sharing of the stage with Mr Malema‚ a former ANC Youth League leader.
The EFF launch event took place near the koppie in Marikana where 34 striking mineworkers were shot and killed by police on August 16 last year. At least 44 people died during the six-week-long mine strike.
Speaking at the rally‚ Mr Malema said the EFF had earmarked the North West among the provinces likely to exchange hands in next year’s general elections.
He said that even if the EFF did not win the national elections‚ they would be a governing party at provincial level.
The North West has since 1994 provided a high percentage of votes for the ANC. However‚ factional divisions in the ANC could see some influential politicians in the party reluctantly campaigning for their own party.
The ANC in Limpopo and Free State is also faced with a similar situation. © BDlive 2013