GOOD facilitators get threatened by ANC and DA councillors during voter registration campaigns in Gauteng.
STATEMENT BY GOOD NATIONAL DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON BONGANI MDAKANE.
On Sunday, 27th January, GOOD facilitators and our GOOD campaign team were threatened by ANC and DA councilors at several different locations in Gauteng during their efforts to encourage South Africans to register to vote in the upcoming elections.
GOOD Facilitator Matsatsi Msiza was threatened by the DA Councillor Amelia Bester at the voting registration centre in Weltevreden Park in the west of a Johannesburg.
Matsatsi was distributing GOOD pamphlets and answering voters questions about GOOD, when she was threatened by the DA ward Councillor Bester. Matsatsi is a former DA public representative who has always been outspoken against corruption, but left the DA when it became clear to her that the DA ideologies were not aligned with her future vision for South Africa.
Councillor Bester went on a tirade, saying that Matsatsi left DA to join GOOD with the intention of stealing their voters, but Matsatsi explained that no political party “owns” voters, let alone those who want to see good change in their lives.
In Sebokeng, GOOD facilitator Mondo Mdikane and her campaigning team were also threatened with violence by the ANC CouncilLor Oupa Mkhwanazi while they were campaigning.
Councillor Mkhwanazi allegedly told GOOD members that they can not campaign in that area. The incident took place near the IEC registration Centre at Thandukwazi Secondary School.GOOD condemns both incidents in the strongest terms.
South Africans must be encouraged to vote and no areas or communities in this country are owned by political parties. South Africans have the right to support any political movement that they believe aligns with their principles and their hopes for our country.
Threats of violence and intimidation must not be used to smother principles, values, hopes and the right to choose.
We call on the DA and ANC to take action against their public representatives, to condemn intimidation and threats of violence and to uphold the Constitution and freedom of choice.
GOOD will report these incidents to the IEC to ensure that the rights of all South Africans are upheld.