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Residents association opens charges against candidate for allegedly destroying election posters

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The Umsobomvu Residents Association (URA) in Noupoort has opened criminal charges against one of its own candidates after he allegedly tore down their election posters.

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THE UMSOBOMVU Residents Association (URA) in Noupoort has opened criminal charges against one of its own candidates after they found footage of him allegedly tearing down and destroying their election posters.

The secretary of the URA, Abongwe Poyo, said on Monday that they had learnt on social media that the candidate had “returned” to the ANC

“We never received any resignation letter from him. The closing date for the registration of candidates has passed and it is too late to remove him from the ballot paper. We even printed posters of him as part of our campaign,” said Poyo.

He indicated that should the URA win the ward, they would hold a by-election.

“We will appeal to the Electoral Commission to cancel all votes in favour of the ANC for ward 30702001,” he added.

Poyo went on to say that the residents association intended to implement the findings of an investigation report into allegations of corruption and maladministration at Umsobomvu Local Municipality if they won the local government elections.

The forensic investigation report was released in March, where senior officials at Umsobomvu Municipality were implicated in allegations of improper conduct, maladministration, fraud, corruption and mismanagement.

It was recommended that disciplinary steps should be taken against them.

The municipality later obtained an interdict to restrain the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) from implementing the findings and recommendations.

Poyo added that they were prepared to enter a coalition with any opposition party.

“We will work with any party, other than the ANC. We stand for clean governance, service delivery and rooting out corruption and maladministration. Once we are in power, we will make sure that the findings of the forensic audit are implemented.”

He said the URA was contesting seven wards in Umsobomvu Municipality and eight wards in Pixley ka Seme.

“We have seven ward councillors and six proportional representatives (PR) at Umsobomvu Municipality. We are confident that we will win at least five wards and secure four PR seats in council.”

SAPS national spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidu stated that they had requested provinces to consolidate all complaints regarding the alleged breaching of the Electoral Act or code of conduct.

“It is a criminal offence to deface or destroy voting or election material. These will be dealt with after the elections,” said Naidu.

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