Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema raised a few eyebrows with his address outside the voting station soon after making his mark.
The red berets’ Commander-in-Chief cast his vote at Mponegele Primary School in Seshego in his home province, Limpopo on Wednesday morning alongside his wife Mantwa.
Shortly after that, he went on to address his supporters – among other things – thanking them for the support afforded to him and his family during a time of bereavement.
That did not go down well with some, including the ANC’s head of elections Fikile Mbalula, who accused the CiC of breaking the electoral code.
IEC clears things up after Malema is accused of campaigning
This was followed by a slew of responses to the self-proclaimed “Mr Fearfokkol”, with many pointing out how former president Jacob Zuma and his predecessor did something similar, but a response that mattered the most perhaps came from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), which provided clarity on whether the trio had violated the code or not.
“We can confirm that party leaders may address their followers outside a voting station, as long as it doesn’t impede the operation of the voting station. This is not construed as campaigning either. Thanks for checking.”
Independent Electoral Commission
Earlier, Malema expressed his confidence that the EFF would make gains on its haul in the previous general elections, where it claimed six percent of the total vote, just a year after its formation.
“I want to thank South Africans for coming out in their numbers and exercising their democratic rights. A lot of people died so we could do this: We have done everything possible to win this election. The process was smooth and I’m that the IEC seem to be organised.”
Malema’s sentiments were echoed by party chief whip Floyd Shivambu, who went as far as claim that the ruling ANC would suffer defeat this time around.