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It’s election season, which also means it’s silly season: We’ve had high-profile inter-party defections this week, and insults have already been traded between some of the biggest political organisations in Mzansi. However, there’s now the first threat to ‘ban’ a political party from contesting the 2021 Elections – and it concerns the EFF.
NATASHA MAZZONE ‘ON A COLLISION COURSE’ WITH JULIUS MALEMA
DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone has issued a stern warning for the Red Berets, ahead of their rally in Johannesburg on Sunday. The senior politician believes that Julius Malema and his comrades are ready to break the law.
In her defence, she does have a pretty solid reason for thinking this way; the EFF has routinely threatened to ignore lockdown laws in the run-up to the vote. Malema himself has previously argued that the decision to hold the Local Elections on 1 November ‘shows that the pandemic is over‘ – because parties should be allowed to campaign freely.
EFF WARNED THEY COULD BE ‘BANNED FROM THE 2021 ELECTIONS’
The largest gathering anyone can host at Level 2 comes with a maximum limit of 500 people, and the event has to be outdoors. Should any more supporters attend this demo at the weekend, the EFF will be in contravention of our current State of Disaster laws – and Mazzone believes their punishment could be severe.
According to the DA stalwart, ‘criminal and electoral consequences’ await the far-left organisation IF they decide to host more than 500 people. Mazzone even went one step further, and declared that the EFF ‘could be barred from contesting the election’ if they were seen to be holding an illegal event.
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- Whatever happens, it looks like we might need to get the popcorn in for Sunday. Because this could escalate…
“The DA reminds the EFF that any attendance in excess of 500 people outdoors will be illegal. We say specifically to Mr Julius Malema: You cannot hold an illegal rally in this election, and the legal limit is 500 persons. There cannot be one set of rules for all citizens and another for the EFF.”
“Holding illegal events during a campaign period would undermine the freeness and fairness of the election, and would open the door to the EFF being barred from contesting this election. An illegal campaign event, if the EFF exceeds 500 persons on Sunday, would result in criminal and electoral consequences.”
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