Cash for votes: Has Ace Magashule overstepped during electioneering?

By Daily Friend staff writer

The DA has filed a complaint that the ANC secretary-general handed over cash during door-to-door campaigning.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule could face a hefty fine after giving a woman R400 while electioneering, should he be found guilty of flouting the Electoral Code of Conduct.

The DA filed a complaint with the IEC over the cash handover, which allegedly took place during the ANC’s door-to-door campaign in Cape Town on Saturday.

The Electoral Code of Conduct prevents political parties and its members from offering any inducement or reward to a person to vote for an organisation. The DA has said Magashule has behaved like this repeatedly.

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All political parties taking part in this year’s elections had to sign the IEC’s code of conduct. The DA’s Mike Moriarty said: “We have pointed out to the IEC both the fact that there has been a contravention and also that the chief electoral officer has an obligation in terms of the Act to investigate the matter and ensure a free and fair election.”

If Magashule is found guilty of the offence, the Electoral Court could impose a penalty ranging from a formal warning to a fine not exceeding R200,000 and forfeiture of the party’s deposit.

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