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The ANC has pledged to respond to the complaint by the Freedom Front Plus about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela being one of its candidates for the National Assembly.
"The ANC will respond to any objections lodged against any of its candidates through the process set down in law and according to the timetable set out by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)," ANC spokesperson Jessie Duarte said yesterday.
She said the ANC had made every effort to ensure that its list of candidates was compliant with all relevant provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act.
She said the process for choosing ANC candidates for this election was the most extensive and democratic of any party in the country.
"The members of the ANC have chosen a corps of cadres who have the experience, resolve and credibility to serve the South African people capably and with diligence," Duarte said.
The FF Plus said earlier it would object to the IEC against Madikizela-Mandela's inclusion on the ANC's national elections list.
"The FF Plus is of the opinion that Madikizela-Mandela does not qualify in terms of Section 47(1)(e) of the Constitution (108 of 1996)," said FF Plus spokesperson Pieter Groenewald.
He said the section clearly determines that anybody found guilty of a crime and given a prison sentence of more than 12 months without the option of a fine did not qualify to be a member of the National Assembly.
"The relevant section determines that the disqualification ends only five years after a sentence is served.
"The complaint will, as is required by the Electoral Act, be submitted to the ANC and the IEC," said Groenewald.
Madikizela-Mandela's nomination by the ANC on its election list for the National Assembly appeared to have been approved by the IEC, despite her criminal record.
On the official provisional list of candidates published yesterday, Madikizela-Mandela appears in fifth place for the ANC, just after Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and ahead of Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Legal experts have warned that her conviction for fraud makes her ineligible for a seat in Parliament.
She had a five-year sentence for fraud and theft reduced on appeal to three-and-a-half years for convictions for fraud in July 2004. The sentence was suspended for five years. - Sapa