Johannesburg – ActionSA leader and candidate for mayor of the city of Joburg, Herman Mashaba, has challenged the South African Election Commission (IEC) to initiate criminal proceedings against him.
Mashaba made the comments Thursday during an election campaign in Cosmo City, north of Johannesburg.
“I have asked the IEC to lay charges against me because in the documents they filed on Tuesday one of the allegations they make is that I attack them unfairly, so I am not honoring the commitment .
“I said if that’s the case, go and press charges against me because it’s a criminal offense to be unfair to the CIS,” Mashaba said.
“I want the IEC to open a case against me. I want to see how far they go.
He asked why the party had to shorten his name, adding, “They want eight characters and ActionSA has eight. Our legal team is working around the clock and court documents have been submitted. This is important for the electorate to ensure free and fair elections.
He urged residents to vote for his party, saying for 27 years the ruling party had let them down.
“South African brothers, we have endured 27 years of bad governance. We were ruled by criminals, let’s eliminate these criminals. In 2024, we are eliminating them from the national government, ”he said.
Residents of Cosmo City expressed the challenges they faced in Mashaba and claimed that the area had many foreign businesses and that drugs, high unemployment, lack of adequate housing and electricity had negatively affected them.
Mashaba also used the election campaign to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Eastern Cape Prime Minister Oscar Mabuyane amid reports he was trying to ban the Hawks from investigating him.
This follows a damning report released by public protector’s lawyer Busisiwe Mkwebane who accused him of alleged corruption.
“I was shocked before going to bed last night and it continued this morning when I heard the Prime Minister banned the Hawks from investigating him.
“What did he do to stop the police from investigating him, because if you have nothing to hide, why should you do it?” What will the courts say because they do not have the power to stop the police from investigating crimes, ”Mashaba said.
Take me – Mashaba dares IEC
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