DA federal Chairperson, Hellen Zille questions and slams the ANC and IEC to plan to re-issue the timetable, and re-open the time for candidate registration for ANC to fix its mess.
“Well, well, well. Who would have thought? Exactly as predicted, the IEC has used the five-day delay granted by the ConCourt to re-proclaim the election, re-issue the timetable, and re-open the time for candidate registration so that the ANC can fix its disastrous failure.
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“I have no doubt that this was the ANC’s plan all along. Somehow, they had wind of this “re-opening” of the window as a result of a delayed election – and it is unfolding exactly to plan. This is why ANC withdrew its appeal to the electoral court. It had a fall-back position,” said Chair Zille.
Zille added that they did not need the ConCourt to grant a six-month delay to do this. She said they needed five days, and the IEC, a captured institution, used it to bail out the ANC. They did not do that for the NFP in 2016, nor for the IFP in 2011. Only for the ANC now.
DA Chairperson said, this was entirely predictable. But instead of anticipating it and asking the tough questions, the intrepid media brigade spent more time attacking me for asking the questions they should have been asking.
“Again I ask: Why were the ANC and IEC so confident that there would be a delay, that the ANC withdrew its appeal to the Electoral Court, waited for the ConCourt to do a 5-day delay, before the IEC and ANC swung into action? This question remains tricky but relevant,” said Zille.
3) They did not need the ConCourt to grant a six month delay to do this. Just five days, and the IEC, a captured institution, used it to bail out the ANC. They did not do that for the NFP in 2016, nor for the IFP in 2011. Only for the ANC now.
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) September 6, 2021
The DA has already briefed its lawyers to prevent this blatant abuse of the process. What the ANC and IEC did not expect was that the ConCourt would specifically rule out this dastardly plan.
“We are very relieved they did,” said federal chair.