Dating sites for pensioners
The traffic officer, according to Gumede, was allegedly the grandson of one of the pensioners who voted twice.
The 85-year-old woman had since died of natural causes.
The case was opened by the DA’s Thokozani Gumede, a proportional representative councillor in the municipality, who was also a candidate in Ward 1, which was ultimately won by Dumisani Ndimande.
Gumede said he opened the case after it was discovered that IEC volunteers - who are allegedly ANC office bearers - supposedly ensured that pensioners in Ward 1 voted twice.
We cannot reveal further information as the matter is still under investigation.
No arrests have been made, investigations are continuing,” he said.
Gumede said the pensioners received no indelible ink mark on their thumb and did not have their fingerprints taken when casting their special vote.
So serious are the allegations, that the Democratic Alliance opened a criminal case of electoral fraud at the Kwa Dukuza police station.
The Inkatha Freedom Party and the Economic Freedom Fighters have lodged complaints with the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) over the events that transpired in Ward 1 of Kwa Dukuza (formerly Stanger) in the days leading up to the election and on election day itself.
They allegedly voted on August 2 with their special vote and then again on August 3 at one of the four polling stations in the ward.
Gumede claimed that after the pensioners had cast their special vote at their homes on August 2, a traffic officer allegedly picked them up in Ndimande’s car and “ferried them to the polling station” on August 3 to vote again.
Kwa Zulu-Natal police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed that a case of electoral fraud had been opened.
“A case in terms of the Electoral Act is being investigated by detectives at the Kwa Dukuza police station.