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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
DA takes Ramaphosa to court over pre-elections national address

DA takes Ramaphosa to court over pre-elections national address

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed papers at the Electoral Court against President Cyril Ramaphosa over Sunday’s address to the nation.

The party accuses Ramaphosa of being in violation of the Electoral Act and is asking that the votes of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to be reduced by one percent.

In a televised address on Sunday, the President highlighted the successes of the 6th administration as the country goes to the polls tomorrow.

The DA accuses Ramaphosa of abusing his position and public funds to campaign for the ANC.

The official opposition says the president used his position as head of state to garner votes for the governing party.

VIDEO | Ramaphosa addresses the nation ahead of the 2024 elections: 

Signing of NHI Bill into law an election gimmick: Malema

Signing of NHI Bill into law an election gimmick: Malema

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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme will not be implemented. Malema has described the signing of the NHI Bill into law, as an election gimmick used to garner support for the governing ANC.

The EFF is among several organisations that have rejected the move.

The party held its final “Tshela Thupa” rally at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo, yesterday.

Malema says the EFF would introduce a health care system in which clinics operate for 24 hours if it were voted into power.

“They are just saying you are going to go to the hospitals free of charge. They are lying. They were signing it because it was an election gimmick. They were playing with the feelings of our people. We will introduce a national healthcare system that will have clinics that will operate 24/7 that will have ambulances, that will have doctors, that will have nurses and I will ensure that those clinics do not close at 4 o’clock.”

Related video: ‘We don’t support the NHI in its current form’: Julius Malema

EFF vows to ‘fight criminality and corruption’ if elected into power

EFF vows to ‘fight criminality and corruption’ if elected into power

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the party will fight criminality and corruption if elected into government after Wednesday’s elections.

Malema says this includes fighting corruption among politicians.

The leader of the country’s third largest party addressed party supporters at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo.

The party is holding its final “Tshela Thupa” rally as the country gears up for Wednesday’s polls.

Malema says as part of tackling corruption, the party will raid President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm where a substantial amount of US dollars was stolen.

“We are ready to lead the government of South Africa from now onwards. We are ready to fight all kinds of criminals in our country including the corruption of the politicians. No politician will be left unattended.”

“Comrades, when we take over South Africa, we are going to open Phala Phala and we are going to raid Phala Phala because we suspect there are more dollars left at Phala Phala.”

Malema says the apartheid regime did not end in 1994.

He says the high municipal rates and taxes are a deliberate attempt to keep the black majority from affluent spaces.

The EFF leader says South Africans cannot claim to be liberated when the unemployment rate is the highest in the world and when inequality is rife.

“When you want to buy a house, you don’t qualify for a bond. When you want to buy a car, you don’t qualify for finance. When you want to open a small business, you don’t qualify for finance. When you want to go to university, you don’t qualify for finance.”

“Today, you want to go and swim. If you don’t have money, you will never go and swim. How can you be free when we are going through hunger? When more than 40% of the young people of South Africa are unemployed,” explains Malema.

Below video is the EFF’s Tshela Thupa rally

EFF to hold final election rally in Limpopo

EFF to hold final election rally in Limpopo

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is today expected to hold its final election rally at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo.

The party launched its election manifesto in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, in February this year.

The EFF, which is the third largest party in the country, currently has 44 seats in the 400-seat National Assembly.

This after obtaining just over 10% of the vote.

It’s the final push for the red berets as the country edges closer to the elections. With just four days before the general elections, parties are desperate to share a message that will resonate with the electorate.

The party is the official opposition in Limpopo. Following the 2019 general elections, the EFF received 1.9-million votes.

2024 Elections | EFF Tshela Thupa Rally: Natasha Phiri

Remission of sentence does not alter Zuma’s sentence: ConCourt

Remission of sentence does not alter Zuma’s sentence: ConCourt

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The Constitutional Court has found that a remission of sentence does not serve to reduce a sentence.

The Apex court says the effect of a remission is to bring forward a convicted person’s date of release.

Last year, President Cyril Ramaphosa granted former President, Jacob Zuma a remission of sentence citing overcrowding in correctional facilities.

The ConCourt has ruled that Zuma is not eligible to stand for this month’s elections.

It overturned the order of the Electoral Court that found that his sentence and conviction was not a sentence and conviction as envisaged in a section of the constitution

In a unanimous judgment penned by Justice Leona Theron, the court found that the remission of sentence does not retrospectively alter the sentence imposed on Zuma.

Theron says, “This court finds that Section 47(1)(e) focuses on the length of the sentence imposed and not the length of the sentence served. The section uses the words convicted of an offence and sentenced, the effect of a remission of sentence is to bring forward the person’s date of release.”

“Remisssion of sentence concerns the execution of the sentence and does not retrospectively alter the sentence imposed by the court. Thus, for purposes of Section 47(1)(e) remission of sentence is irrelevant,” she adds.