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  • IEC expects to release election results by Sunday
  • The first result of the 2024 elections has been released from the Bizana Baptist Church in the Eastern Cape
  • With 20 voting districts declared, the ANC still tops the list of votes on the national ballot
  • Gauteng Police say 16 elections-related arrests have been made since the poll date proclamation
  • Counting of ballots continues, albeit slowly, as only 0.57% of Voting Districts have been declared (133 out of 23 293)
  • The majority of voting stations closed late last night due to long queues: IEC
IEC deals with flood of voters rejected for lack of Section 24(A)

IEC deals with flood of voters rejected for lack of Section 24(A)

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The Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape has appealed to voters who did not change their voting station not to show up at voting stations.

Voters who wanted to change their voting station had to apply to do so via a Section 24 (A) form. This application allows voters to cast their ballot away from the voting stations where they are registered.

The provincial IEC head, Michael Hendrickse, says quite a few people arrived at voting stations where they are not registered.

“We call on voters who have not submitted a S24A notice not to come to our stations. We find voters registered somewhere else, who did not apply for S24A, to come to that station, are arriving and insisting on voting. We cannot assist you, in the past could do it, law changed in 2021.”

Zululand

In Zululand, northern KwaZulu-Natal, the IEC says it is dealing with an influx of people who have been turned away without voting because they did not apply for Section 24 (A) notice.

The deadline for Section 24 (A) applications was on the 17th of May.

IEC Regional Manager in Zululand District, Mazwendoda Zungu explains, “Voters come to our voting stations here in Zululand whereas they were registered elsewhere in faraway areas. They find themselves here in Zululand requesting to vote when we check the voters’ roll and the systems we figure out that that particular voter/person is voted somewhere else where they are registered those are some of the main issues here at Ulundu and the scope of Zululand.”

No special arrangements

The IEC in the Free State says there are no special arrangements to assist patients admitted to hospitals to vote even those that applied for Special Votes.

IEC Spokesperson Mathabo Rasengane says there is no voting by anyone including patients in voting districts outside where they are registered to vote.

“No arrangements were made with hospital visits by IEC officials and no voting including patients in voting districts outside those they were registered in. We were told in no uncertain terms that voters can only vote in the voting district they are registered, unless they have notified Electoral Commission section 24 (A) that you will be voting in a district where you are not registered.”

 

ARA promises to be an alternative to a govt that it says has failed

ARA promises to be an alternative to a govt that it says has failed

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The African Restoration Alliance (ARA) has promised to be an alternative to a government that, it says, has failed the country. That is according to its leader, Dr Jerome Swartz, speaking at the party’s final rally in Cape Town.

ARA hopes to win a million votes in this week’s national election. Swartz says the party’s most important priority would be job creation.

“The sad reality, we are not creating jobs. The current government is not creating jobs, they don’t know how. We have solutions to bring jobs to all provinces, especially the Western Cape. In mining sector, in farming sector, in factories, there are major investments that want to come to SA, so jobs is our first issue.”

Swartz says he is confident that the party will do well at the polls, particularly in the Western Cape.

“In the Western Cape our support has been the biggest. We have about 70 000 members in the Western Cape and for a party I think that is marvelous, we will do very well. We have been doing this before getting into politics, been in political game like dealing with communities, social housing, justice and so on. So the Western Cape will be pretty good.”

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ActionSA seeks answers on C Town’s raw sewerage disposal into ocean

ActionSA seeks answers on C Town’s raw sewerage disposal into ocean

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Action SA wants answers from the City of Cape Town about the quality and amount of raw sewerage pumped into the ocean.

The party’s big guns used a helicopter to show journalists in Cape Town some of the hotspots where millions of litres of untreated sewage are being dumped.

Action SA alleges that the City of Cape Town regularly exceeds the quality and amount of untreated sewerage that is pumped into the ocean through various points on the Atlantic seaboard – and that the volume of sewerage has now reached up to 30 million litres per day.

ActionSA’s Michael Beaumont says, “Through a PAIA application we have found that the city exceeded max volumes of sewerage permitted through marine outfalls in 104 days over a 6-month period in 2023. During this time city regularly failed to meet permitted disposal quality levels and stipulated permit requirements that failures in quality or quantity management be reported have not been adhered to – with city response confirming no record exists.”

The City of Cape Town says it has a 97% compliance record, based on advice from an independent external auditor.

The City of Cape Town mayoral committee member, Zahied Badroodien says, “We have also initiated 7 major studies that have already been undertaken by different marine science experts – all confirming that the city’s outfalls are meeting the design objectives in reducing risk to human and environmental health. But we do know that we can do more… and its for this reason that the City has already started consulting and have already undertaken and completed a study identifying alternative options which include land-based treatment at these various outfalls.”

Action SA is in a multi-party pact with other opposition parties, like the DA. This, they say is not de-campaigning against one of their partners.

Beaumont says, “No party is being de-campaigned against, rather ActionSA doing its own campaigning, will always choose what is right.”

ActionSA has warned that should this situation persist, the sought-after tourist destination could follow the route of the Durban beaches that have become nearly empty.

Zuma must comply with ANC’s disciplinary processes: Ramaphosa

Zuma must comply with ANC’s disciplinary processes: Ramaphosa

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African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa says if former President Jacob Zuma maintains that he remains a member of the party he should comply with its disciplinary processes.

The ANC has notified Zuma, who is also the leader of the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party, to attend a disciplinary hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday at its headquarters for his involvement with the MK party.

The hearing is expected to be postponed until after the elections.

Zuma is accused of contravening the ANC Constitution.

Ramaphosa was speaking on the sidelines of his campaign trail at Nomzamo in Strand outside Cape Town.

He says the DC is a result of numerous transgressions by Zuma.

Ramaphosa says, “We have got to do things within processes of the ANC, not be arbitrary…and deal with people like him and regulations are quite clear, implement the Constitution to the letter and that is exactly what we are going to do.”

“The disciplinary committee operates its own processes, so we will see how far they are able to go with this. All those issues are being looked at,” he adds.

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Ramaphosa saddened by living conditions of Nomzamo community in WC

Ramaphosa saddened by living conditions of Nomzamo community in WC

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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has been doing door-to-door visits as part of the ruling party’s election campaign at Nomzamo in Strand, just outside Cape Town.

This is his third and last day of canvassing in the Western Cape.

His first stop in Nomzamo was at the home of a lady living with a physical disability, Phumla Magida.

The 29-year-old raised concerns about accessibility at places of learning for people living with disabilities. She is wheelchair bound.

Ramaphosa undertook that on the completion of a place of learning for people with disabilities in the area, she must be the first to be enrolled. He also instructed ANC officials on the campaign trail with him, to ensure that Magida’s disability grant is reinstated.

Other issues such as sanitation, jobs and crime, were highlighted to Ramaphosa. He says he was saddened by the conditions the Nomzamo community are living in.

“As you enter this place, Nomzamo, met by strong stench, running throughout the streets. It’s been one of those mornings… which is tinged with great deal of sadness on my part, but looking at the support here, believe ANC will do very well here.”

Meanwhile, other ANC members are campaigning throughout the country, with former President Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria.

Former ANC Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says he is confident that the ANC has listened to the cries of South Africans.

He’s in Ekurhuleni campaigning for the party ahead of the May 29 polls.