Electoral Court To Hear ActionSA-IEC Case Virtually

The party stated that the idea for a virtual hearing was geared towards ensuring transparency at the proceedings and for South Africans to experience the court proceedings firsthand.

Electoral Court To Hear ActionSA-IEC Case Virtually - SurgeZirc SA
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Latest report has confirmed that the Electoral Court on Wednesday reached a conclusion to hear the case between the ActioSA and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) virtually, SurgeZirc SA reports.

Confirming the report, the ActionSA said the new modalities for hearing the case virtually were for the media and the public to have accessibility to court proceedings.

The party stated that the idea for a virtual hearing was geared towards ensuring transparency at the proceedings and for South Africans to experience the court proceedings firsthand.

Recall that the ActionSA and the IEC have been at loggerheads over issues relating to the omission of the party’s name from the local government elections ballot paper.

The party has repeatedly alleged that the actions of the IEC were a deliberate attempt to frustrate the party’s chances in the forthcoming elections.

READ ALSO: ActionSA Files Final Affidavit At Electoral Court

SurgeZirc SA reported that six candidates from the party across different municipalities in the country had their ballot papers prepared without the name of the party.

Recently, the party also tendered its final affidavit with the Electoral Court.

As contained in the affidavit, the party says it wishes to address the assertions of the IEC that the mistakes in ballot papers could not be corrected.

In another development, embattled former President, Jacob Zuma says he will open a criminal case against Billy Downer of the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPA).

READ ALSO: Zuma Opens Criminal Case Against Billy Downer Over Medical Records

Zuma has alleged that Downer was responsible for leaking his confidential medical records to some media houses during his hearing for medical parole.

In a statement issued by Zuma’s camp on Wednesday, it maintained that the actions of Downer were inappropriate as it contravenes some sections of the law.

“As indicated in court on 22/09/21, H.E Prez Zuma will be laying criminal charges against Adv Billy Downer SC for his admitted conduct which is in breach of sections 41(6) read with 41(7) of the NPA Act. The media is invited to a briefing outside SAPS in PMB on 21/10/21 at 13h00,” the statement reads.

Zuma’s counsels, Dali Mpofu SC and Thabani Masuku SC also alleged that Downer was responsible for leaking Zuma’s medical records to CIA spies.

However, there is an application from Zuma’s camp to remove Downer but judgment has been delayed as presiding Judge Piet Koen said he needed time to prepare a detailed judgment.

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