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Malema Fires Back At Sadtu And Cosatu Over Voting Process Remarks

This response came after Malema had urged EFF supporters not to allow any Sadtu member or trade unions affiliated with the ANC to be election officials in the IEC.

Julius Malema has refused to back down in response to calls from the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) and Cosatu to withdraw and apologize for his comments about the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) elections.

The EFF leader, speaking on X, dismissed their demands, saying, “You can go to hell; you can’t do anything with all your affiliates combined. We don’t want Sadtu members to be staff members of the IEC, and for that, we won’t apologize or withdraw.”

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This response came after Malema had urged EFF supporters not to allow any Sadtu member or trade unions affiliated with the ANC to be election officials in the IEC. He made these remarks at the Ground Forces Forum over the weekend.

Sadtu, in response, called on Malema to apologize and withdraw the allegations against its members. The union also invited its members to contribute to ensuring that the 2024 elections are conducted freely and fairly, in accordance with the rules of the electoral system.

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However, despite Sadtu’s encouragement for its members and other trade union members to serve as election officers and ensure a free and fair election, it has also directed its structures linked to the ANC or alliance partners to mobilize people to register to vote this weekend and prepare for next year’s elections.

In a letter sent to its members on November 10, Sadtu stated, “Our PECs / RECs and BECs are advised to link up (plug in) with respective African National Congress (ANC) and other alliance structures (support/ take part in election programs) at Provincial, Regional/ District, and Branch/Ward Levels as they mobilize and encourage all South Africans (students turning 18 years of age) to register to vote in the National and Provincial Elections taking place in 2024.”

Addressing concerns about the IEC’s hiring practices, the commission denied allegations that it was exclusively hiring Sadtu members to work during the voter registration weekend and elections. The IEC emphasized its commitment to fairness and transparency in the electoral process.

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This exchange of words highlights the ongoing tensions between political parties, trade unions, and the IEC as they prepare for the upcoming elections.

While Malema’s comments have drawn criticism from Sadtu and Cosatu, he remains steadfast in his stance, asserting that Sadtu members should not be involved in the IEC’s operations.

As the 2024 elections approach, it is crucial for all stakeholders to work together to ensure a fair and transparent electoral process.

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The IEC plays a vital role in upholding the democratic principles of South Africa, and it is essential that its operations are free from any perceived bias or interference.

While the exchange between Malema, Sadtu, and Cosatu may generate headlines, it is important to focus on the broader goal of fostering a democratic society where all citizens can exercise their right to vote freely and without fear of manipulation or undue influence.

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Ntuthuko Gumede for SurgeZirc SA
Ntuthuko Gumede for SurgeZirc SA
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