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ANC media statement on Electoral Court Judgment

15 July 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) welcomes yesterday`s watershed judgment by the Electoral Court of South Africa on the March 4, 2009 disputed results of the Imbabazane by-elections in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

Due to evidence of grave intimidation and violence which affected the electorate, the ANC lodged a formal objection with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and subsequently to the Electoral Court of South Africa to set aside the outcome of the by-elections held at Imbabazane`s Ward Five. This means the by-elections will be rerun at a date still to be determined by the IEC.

The ANC hails the judgment as a victory for the maturity of constitutional democracy in South Africa. Not only does the judgment set a precedent in the history of democracy since 1994, but it is a case study from which all political parties and the IEC should draw lessons. The ANC has also drawn lessons from this landmark judgment.

Since the advent of democracy, we have always - and will continue to - advocate for political tolerance during polls. We will not tolerate any form of violence among our members and expect other political to do the same with their supporters. The Constitution, which enshrines freedom of speech and association provides for multiparty democracy in South Africa.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson

Brian Sokutu 071 671 6899