In the wake of allegations by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) claiming preferential hiring by the IEC, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) is demanding an apology from the red berets. According to EWN, Julius Malema, the leader of the EFF, specifically accused the IEC of prioritising SADTU members in the recruitment of election officials. SADTU, affiliated with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) within the tripartite alliance with the African National Congress (ANC), vehemently denies any wrongdoing, asserting that their members are merely offering assistance to promote the country’s democracy.
Issuing a statement, SADTU emphasised the legitimacy of their members’ involvement in advancing democracy and called for a retraction and apology from the EFF. In response to the allegations, the IEC’s chief electoral officer, Sy Mamabolo, clarified that the EFF has not formally lodged any complaints against the approximately 70,000 electoral staff. Mamabolo stated, “All staff who will be working at the voting stations this weekend have been taken to local party liaison committees so that if any party has a grievance against any person on those lists, they could raise an objection.” The IEC remains committed to a fair and transparent electoral process and has established mechanisms for addressing concerns raised by political parties.
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