The truth is, the ANC’s popularity is heading for a downhill trend in the years to come. They did not achieve the two-thirds majority they were hoping for, and they have lost the Western Cape Province to the opposition. The ruling ANC has in fact dropped support in percentage terms for the first time since it came to power in 1994. Like all the previous elections, their success has relied on the support of millions of poor, elderly, naïve, and illiterate people. A considerable number of these old folk firmly believed that their vote was not secret, and many were cautious to place their “X” in the right spot for fear of their homes being devoured by evil spirits – (The feared Tokoloshe). A large portion of Zulu voters simply placed their mark next to Zuma’s face because they recognized him as one of their own. Others were conned into believing that Zuma will keep to his promises of ensuring prosperity for all, irrespective of ethnic identity. Playing the Nelson Mandela trump card in the heat of battle also swayed a million or more from voting for the opposition. The ANC’s election slogan, “Working Together We Can Do More” is a disguised portrayal of their true fears: --- “If we don’t work together we are going down!”
WORKING TOGETHER WITH WHOM?
President Jacob Zuma made his arrogant, boastful remark that “the ANC will rule South Africa until Jesus comes back”, which implies two things: firstly, that he is not a Christian, and secondly, that the ANC will remain in power forever, even if it means holding on to power through vote-rigging, intimidation, corruption, or even force. There is ample evidence suggesting that the so-called ‘Independent Electoral Commission’ (IEC), who were evidently created by the constitution to promote and safeguard representative democracy in South Africa, have corrupt officials within their ranks working hand-in-hand with their corrupt ANC brothers. Mangosuthu Buthelezi exposed evidence of this in 2004 and now again in 2009. (To view the full details you may upload the rtf-version here or explore the articles published at http://www.biblebasedministries.co.uk/)
If 900 ballot papers can fall off a truck near Nelspruit how many others can “accidentally” fall off other trucks, or disappear before reaching the voting stations? This one incident is already sufficient evidence that proper control measures were not in place!
Ballot papers were considered invalid unless they received the IEC secret stamp. But this is Africa remember! Did they count these so-called secret IEC stamps before and after the elections? How many of these stamps actually went missing? Who were watching these IEC officials to ensure that millions of ballot papers weren’t stamped in advance?
If one IEC official was arrested on charges of fraud for allegedly tampering with ballot papers, how many others were never caught?
If two ballot boxes, in a batch transported from Ekhombe to Nkandla, were discovered missing, how many more also went missing undiscovered in other parts of the country?
Why was there a shortage of ballot papers at many of the bigger voting stations? Could it be that the IEC forgot to make provision for the large scale theft of ballot papers, --- or was it the incalculable number of “deceased voters” that used up the ballot papers? “But, that’s impossible because we mark each voter’s thumb with indelible ink,” the IEC will claim. Then why were marker pens used at some voting stations, instead of the prescribed indelible ink? (View the incident here).
By the way, the indelible ink can easily be removed with any ammonia-based detergent. Some voters even used Vaseline before voting and simply wiped off all traces of the ink immediately after voting.
There were several reports of voters claiming that they received more than one ballot paper already stamped by IEC officials. I personally spoke to a black voter who told me that his wife was given four ballot papers, two provincial and two national. He told me that it was his last time that he would be voting for the ANC. “If they win by cheating, I want nothing to do with them,” he told me.
Then there was the political killing of a leading COPE activist, Gerlad Yona. The man was shot dead on the scene while his wounded wife was treated in hospital and later discharged. Three armed men escaped the scene and were never arrested. (Source)
This cowardly incident was a premeditated attempt to intimidate and provoke COPE supporters. The ANC’s statement that they strongly condemn the criminal act is an absolute farce! Why weren’t the criminals apprehended? Were all 10,000 special security members, comprising police, metro police, police intelligence, etc… all asleep? I don’t think so!
I can go on and on about all the reported irregularities and how COPE as well as the DA complained to the IEC about this. Besides all the abovementioned misdeeds there were also irregularities in the casting of special votes, and reports of ANC volunteers urging elderly and illiterate blacks, to vote for the party. This disturbing trend was reported to the IEC by COPE officials, but the malicious behaviour by these ANC volunteers simply continued in arrogant defiance of all rules.
WHY IS COPE NOT THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION?
It all boils down to election rigging by the ANC. (See this article for some insight)
A FEW FINAL QUESTIONS
On what standards are free and fair elections measured? Is it Africa’s standards or is it simply a matter of South Africa finding itself in its teenage democracy years? Can democracy years be measured in relation to human years? How long must we put up with this nonsense before the ordinary law-abiding citizens of this country reach breaking point?