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Man caught destroying rival party’s posters


Caught destroying other political structure's posters

When the members of the Democratic Alliance caught a man from a rival political party destroying their posters, they caught the man, took his pictures and then opened a case with the Acornhoek Police Station. However, they were surprised by the police who told them that they can’t arrest the guy since they don’t have his exact name and surname.

According to Dr Nelson Tibane, a Caucus Leader for the Democratic Alliance in Bushbuckridge, they gave the police the guy’s picture. He said the police told them that the guy had run away and they couldn’t get hold of him. Tibane also appealed to the authorities to help with the matter.

Bushbuckridge News spoke to Mr Sbusiso Nkosi, a communications officer for the Independent Electoral Commission in Mpumalanga who said that destroying a rival party’s poster or billboard is considered to be a prohibited conduct. Nkosi said that the IEC’s Code of Conduct clearly states that from the date on which an election is called until the announcement of results is declared no person may deface or unlawfully remove any billboard, placard or poster published by a registered party or candidate

He added that the penalties for prohibited conduct and contravening the Code of Conduct are as follows….

•Any person found guilty can:

•Receive a formal warning

•Be fined up to R200 000

•Be prevented from:

•Using public media

•Holding a meeting

•Entering a voting district to canvass and campaign

•Erecting or publishing billboards, placards or posters

Harrison Nyapela stands outside his crack-ridden house as he expresses his grief.

The government, according to Harrison Nyapela, does not consider the living conditions of its older citizens.

Nyapela (72), from Dikwengweni in Casteel, says he fears that the cracked walls of his house might collapse one day and kill all his family, and also appeals to the government for an RDP house.

“I am crying, I plea for an RDP house before the cracked walls collapse on us. I have previously applied twice for the house, but on both occasions I was turned down,” he bemoaned.

Nyapela lives with his one daughter and two grandchildren. He alleges that he was twice denied the house by the local municipal officials in 2017 and last year, who in turn told him that those who live in brick-wall houses do not qualify for the free house.

“We live in fear,” the old man wept. “If the social grant money was enough, I would have long built myself one, because our government does not consider our living conditions, and it’s painful because during election time, the same officials come back to us for votes. I would rather not vote because I don’t see the importance of voting anymore,” He angrily said.

In an emotional plea for help, the old man said he is more concerned about the children’s lives than his.

“I am also disabled, so my daughter is the one who helps me with a lot of things in the house, but I’m concerned that they might die with me in this house, especially if a heavy rain comes one day.”

Nyapela added that his right hand and leg were paralysed when he was still working for a auto spares company in Gauteng, leading to his retirement in the 1980s.

He further mentioned that the Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) once visited him with the intention of helping them, but never came back afterwards.

The Mpumalanga Department of Human Settlements has responded, however, saying that Harrison’s details do not appear on their system, and that it should be in the hands of the local municipality.

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