IEC 'not competent' to deal with ANC's Life Esidimeni billboard complaint

- | 5 months ago

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has "disposed" of the ANC’s complaint against the DA’s Life Esidimeni election campaign billboard.

Its chief electoral officer, Sy Mamabolo, told journalists during a media briefing on Thursday that the commission had considered a report on the matter, but that it has no competence to deal with an issue relating to the interpretation of the law. The ANC’s complaint came amid a public outcry from families who had lost their loved ones in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, in which at least 144 psychiatric patients died after being transferred from the facility to several unlicensed NGOs.

The DA’s billboard, under the slogan "The ANC is killing us", contained the names of Life Esidimeni victims, along with those who died during the 2012 Marikana massacre and Michael Komape, a child who died after falling inside a pit latrine.

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