As a long-time legal advocate, you’d think Dali Mpofu would have paused before admitting on national television he’d advised fellow party members to vote multiple times. However, the EFF chairperson could face the full might of the law, as Police Minister Bheki Cele vowed to “arrest any politicians who interfered with the election”.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Cele made it clear that law enforcement are taking any acts of voter fraud seriously. So far, 24 people have been arrested and charged with electoral offences since last Wednesday.
Has the EFF’s Dali Mpofu committed electoral fraud?
In fact, the minister’s attention may need to be directed towards an interview Dali Mpofu held with eNCA, as the votes were being tallied up. Election Day was plagued with hiccups, including the weakness of the indelible ink which identifies citizens who have already voted.
There were also issues reported with ID scanners and improper stamps on the back of ballot papers. Mpofu admitted that he sent people to “go and test the system”. One of his deployees managed to vote on three separate occasions – that’s a textbook case of electoral fraud, we’re afraid.
What did Dali Mpofu say about double-voting?
Wena sgebengu you must be arrested, you sent your people to vote 3 times pic.twitter.com/X9RrueuF7k
— Zolilesting (@zolilesting) May 9, 2019
“When I received reports like in the Eastern Cape yesterday I asked our guys to go and test the system. I was speaking to someone from the DA and I asked them to do the same thing and I think they did it in Soweto but the person I’ve spoken to said the tester was able to vote three times.”
Election Day crime
Cele’s address also revealed more on general crimes committed during Election Day: Police registered 188 cases. Of these, 203 suspects have been arrested and 53 cases are currently in court. Ninety-nine of these cases are under investigation while a further nine cases are currently with the Senior Public Prosecutor for decision.
But, those figures could soon rise by one. Bheki Cele assured the media that politicians were not immune from investigation, and given his profile, the EFF chairperson could well be the biggest target in the minister’s cross-hairs.