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ANC slated for submitting names of members embroiled in state capture

While polit­i­cal par­ties were scram­bling before pre-set cut-off time on Wednes­day to sub­mit names of their pre­ferred par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates to the Inde­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC), the ANC is being slat­ed for includ­ing the names of those embroiled in State Cap­ture.

Out­raged callers told Pow­er FM on Wednes­day morn­ing it is scan­dalous for the ANC to include Malusi Giga­ba, Batha­bile Dlami­ni, Mseben­zi Zwane, Nomvu­la Mokonyane, and Tha­bang Mak­wet­la, say­ing they were fin­gered in cor­rupt activ­i­ties.

ANC Gen­er­al Sec­re­tary Ace Mag­a­shule said if they are not found guilty by a court of law they are on the list.

Act­ing spokesper­son Dako­ta Legoete said ANC branch­es nom­i­nat­ed the names, and they accept­ed them to be part of the rul­ing party’s can­di­date list of MPs ahead of the nation­al elec­tions on Wednes­day, May 8.

IEC Spokesper­son Kate Bapela said the Com­mis­sion gave par­ties wish­ing to con­test nation­al and provin­cial elec­tions until 5 pm on Wednes­day to sub­mit their lists.

Bapela said the lists con­tain only 400 can­di­dates for the nation­al elec­tion and only the total num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tives for each provin­cial leg­is­la­ture.

Bapela said once the dead­line has passed, the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion will give par­ties until March 19 to rec­om­mend them of any non-com­pli­ance about the can­di­dates.

She added that they must rec­ti­fy lists by March 25.

She said the Com­mis­sion will only allow reg­is­tered polit­i­cal par­ties which have paid their deposits and sub­mit­ted the list to con­test the elec­tions.

“Com­mis­sion requires par­ties con­test­ing both nation­al and provin­cial elec­tions to pay a deposit of R200 000 for the nation­al bal­lot and R45 000 for each provin­cial bal­lot,” said Bapela.

She said they refund the deposit in full to par­ties which win at least one seat in each leg­is­la­ture they con­test.

“Par­ties which do not secure a seat for­feit their deposit to the Nation­al Rev­enue Fund,” added Bapela.

Elec­tion timetable also pro­vides an oppor­tu­ni­ty for the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion to noti­fy par­ties of any can­di­dates appear­ing on lists of oth­er par­ties by 26 March.

Affect­ed par­ties have until March 28 to sub­mit sub­sti­tutes for these can­di­dates.

The Com­mis­sion will pub­lish the final list of can­di­dates on March 29.

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