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Mzwanele Manyi
ATM makes about-turn, ditches IEC challenge
11 May 2019, 6:05 PM

The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has pulled out of the 27 political parties who were challenging the election results.

The parties had threatened to take the Independent Electoral Commission to the Electoral Court should it fail to give in to their demand that it appoints an independent audit firm to investigate alleged electoral irregularities.

The parties cited claims of double voting and shortage of voting material as come of their concerns.

The IEC however, dug in its heels – rejecting the plea.

Early on Saturday, it announced that it believes the integrity of the 2019 polls was never compromised.

It also complained that none of the complaining parties have managed to back up their claims with evidence.

Hours later, the ATM announced its change of tune.

The new kid on the block says it respects the IEC’s decision and will abide by the results.

The party says the change of heart was due to the Statistician General’s talks with the aggrieved parties.

It says it’s now confident that the IEC has acted above board and there’s no need for an independent audit.

According to unofficial results, the party has made it to the National Assembly and will have two Members in Parliament.

It’s not yet clear what the stance of the 26 other parties is.

Listen to ATM’s Mzwanele Manyi’s take on the matter:

Sarah Mathebu Malema.
Malema pays moving tribute to his grandmother
11 May 2019, 4:56 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, has reiterated that he will never return to the African National Congress (ANC).

In April, ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, revealed the party wants the former ANC Youth League leader back in its fold.

Malema was expelled from the governing party in 2012 for bringing it into disrepute and failing to show remorse.

The EFF leader says soon after the incident – some of his former comrades went to his grandmother’s house carrying a coffin and told her ‘we are burying your son today’.

Malema says after that koko Sarah advised him never to return to the organisation – a promise he plans to keep.

The EFF posted his tribute to koko Sarah on twitter on Saturday. Speaking at the 90-year-old’s funeral, Malema described the loss as “like a sharp instrument piercing through his heart.”

He hailed koko Sarah as a leader who like the late struggle stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, proved that women do not need men to provide for their children.

Koko Malema died last week Saturday.

She raised the EFF leader after his mother passed on.

Malema has described her as his confidante, his cool shade and someone who never dismissed the EFF as a mission for younger people.

CIC @Julius_S_Malema paying tribute to his grandmother #RIPkokoSarahMalema https://t.co/gwdXBYCQhn

— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) May 11, 2019


High ranking business leaders, ANC and government officials also attended the funeral service.

The vha-Venda King, Toni Mphephu-Ramabulana, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb), Lesetja Kganyago, Rivonia trialist, bab’Andrew Mlangeni and Princess Zenani Mandela-Dlamini also graced the occasion.

Malema also paid tribute to ANC National Executive Committee member, Tony Yengeni, whom he described as a loyal servant of the people.

The EFF leader says Yengeni has been treated unfairly by the ANC and as they have stood by Madikizela-Mandela – they stand by him.

 

Police fire stun grenades to diffuse rowdy soccer fans in Free State
11 May 2019, 3:32 PM

Police have used stun grenades to disperse football fans who were trying to force their way into the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem, Free State.

 The supporters seemed to be overpowering security personnel at the stadium’s entrances when police pounced. The unruly football fans had no tickets.

They are attending the penultimate Premier League game between Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns. The game is crucial for Free State Stars as they seek to avoid relegation from the PSL.

People sitting during a briefing of the IEC
KZN police on high alert as poll celebrations loom
11 May 2019, 2:36 PM

The security cluster in KwaZulu-Natal is on high alert as South Africans prepare to celebrate the performance of their favourite political parties in the general elections.

They say they will monitor the festivities.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is expected to release the general election outcome at 6pm on Saturday.

Provincial Police Commissioner, General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi was speaking at an IEC briefing at the provincial Results Operations Centre in Mayville, Durban.

The presentation marked the end of vote counting in the province.

The ANC is leading the pack with a reduced majority of 53.7% of the votes. It is followed by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), which has regained ground and returned as the official opposition party in the province. The party secured 21.98% of the votes, compared to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) 12.18%.

General Mkhwanazi says 40 cases were opened on election day. They were mainly linked to service delivery protests. He says 9 356 police personnel were deployed to monitor Wednesday’s polls.

” There were a total of 104 of those voting stations were we had criminal cases that we’d opened in regard to that. In some of the polling stations there is some incidents that happened that required criminal cases to be opened, in total we opened 40 cases in relation to the day of the election. We had medical incidence also that took place, about 18 of them.”

Charges against suspects include violating the Electoral Act with people accused of removing posters from lamp posts, trying to vote twice, preventing people from voting and assault.

General Mkhwanazi says only one person has been prosecuted successfully so far.

He is behind bars as he couldn’t afford the R2 000 fine imposed on him.

 Voter turnout

Of the 5.5 million registered voters in KwaZulu-Natal, 3.7 million voted.

The voter turnout was 67%, which was below the 70% target the IEC had set for itself.
Inquthu and Emtshezi, eDumbe are among municipalities that had the lowest turnout.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs  MEC,  Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has congratulated the IEC for presiding over a ‘successful election’.

She’s thanked political parties for showing maturity during the country’s sixth democratic elections, urging them to work together with government to build South Africa.

KwaZulu-Natal is said to have registered the most young voters in the country.

ANC flag
ANC retains Gauteng with reduced majority
11 May 2019, 2:34 PM
Vote counting has ended in Gauteng. The ANC has taken the province with 50.19%, a dip from the 2014 final results of 53.59%.
This means the ANC will now have 37 seats in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature instead of the 40 it previously had.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is behind the governing party with 27.45%, securing itself 20 seats. This is also a minor slip from the 23 seats it held in 2014.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is seating in third place with 14.69% of the votes – a gain from the 10.30% it garnered in 2014. The EFF will now have 11 seats in Gauteng.
The ANC previously expressed confidence it will retain the province. It has promised to work together with the DA in order to ensure improved service delivery in the province.
The DA is leading the Tshwane and Johannesburg municipalities.

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