POLITICS

Senzo Mchunu Gives A Step By Step Guide On How People Are Corrupting Local Elections

"Sometimes you can tell someone that a meeting is starting in the morning, but you are actually having the meeting in the evening."

20/09/2017 15:27 SAST | Updated 20/09/2017 15:27 SAST
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South African President Jacob Zuma (L) gestures next to Kwazulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu (C) and Education Minister Angie Motshekga (R) at the Moses Mabhida Football stadium in Durban.

Former KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu has highlighted various methods used to corrupt voting processes in local structures of the ANC.

Mchunu was speaking on Wednesday at the Moerane Commission on political killings that have plagued the province since 2011.

According to Mchunu, various methods are used to manipulate voting processes for councillor positions within the ruling party.

He said a key strategy used by unscrupulous members wanting to ensure victory at local level was disinformation.

"Sometimes you can tell someone that a meeting is starting in the morning, but you are actually having the meeting in the evening."

He said that changing venues at the last minute was also a popular tactic.

"You will find that they will say a meeting is in one spot. Thereafter they change the venue but only inform one faction."

Mchunu added that many chairpersons at local level meetings often used their authority to influence the outcomes of voting processes in meetings by manipulating the numbers so that when lists for councillor positions were compiled, it was not the legitimate results that were used.

Mchunu said that many of the meetings also had bouncers in attendance.

"The bouncers also come in the form of security companies. They are directed by certain people and they kick out those they do not want in the meetings because they fear it will cause them to lose."

He said some leaders also used their influence within the government in meetings.

"They also call police saying there are people that need to be [expelled from the meeting]. Depending on your influence with police, you will get those people intimidated or removed."

He said when positions within the organisation became available they became a factor for potential violence.

ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli was not immediately available for comment.

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