Magashule may have contravened IEC laws: Analyst

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Political analyst, Xolani Dube, says African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general, Ace Magashule, may have contravened electoral laws when he handed out money during a campaign trail to the Cape Flats on Saturday.

The Democratic Alliance (DA has asked the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to launch a formal investigation into a video showing Magashule handing out money.

If found guilty of breaching the Electoral Act, Magashule could face a formal warning or a fine of up to R200 000.

“Yes, there are transgressions that he committed but in 2014, the current President Cyril Ramaphosa as well as Fransman in the Western Cape, did the same thing when they offered about R1500, if I’m not mistaken, to a woman in that particular province and there were no repercussions. It is quite interesting that the IEC is starting to take steps about those that they think have transgressed the electoral laws,”says Dube.

Meanwhile, the DA’s Mike Moriarty says the ANC’s efforts to win back the Western Cape in the run-up to May 8th elections will be fruitless.

“No doubt that the ANC is campaigning in particular areas. They’re also very busy in Gauteng. The ANC wants to control everything they can, which includes all nine provinces. So I have no doubt that they want to make sure that they can get the majority. In the Western Cape, they are far from getting the majority. That exercise is going to be quite fruitless.”

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