Missing votes were deliberately omitted, says delegate


A reliable source at the ANC’s 54th Conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg alleges that the 68 missing votes in the Ace Magashule/Senzo Mchunu race, that is currently under discussion, were deliberately omitted in a strategic move by the ANC.
The total number of voting delegates attending the conference is 4776, but only 4708 voted.
The source, who spoke to Bloemfontein Courant on condition of anonymity, alleges that this was done to ensure that the Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma camps each has three candidates in the top 6 in an effort to unify the two slates and curb tensions in the ANC.
The source, who belongs to the Ramaphosa camp, says had the 68 missing votes been counted in, Magashule would have lost to Mchunu.
“The delegates whose votes were not included, all supported Cyril Rampahosa. What happened was that they were accredited delegates, but their names did not appear on the voter’s roll, and they were told that their votes would count as special votes. These were then placed in an envelope and sealed.
“We are confident that had these votes been included, Mchunu would have won. It is for this reason that we want a recount of the votes,” the source said.
Meanwhile, political analyst at the University of the Free State, Dr Sethulego Matebesi, says at the moment, considering the allegations of corruption Magashule had been implicated in, the public perception may be that he had something to do with the missing votes.
“If I were him, I would have asked for a recount myself, so that people don’t think I was sneaked in by the backdoor,” Mathebesi says.
“However, because Magashule is quiet about the matter, a dangerous perception that he was involved exist with members of the public who do not believe in him because of the allegations against him over the years.”
The matter of the missing votes is currently under deliberation at the ANC’s steering committee.
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