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By unknown | Apr 24, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Cecil Motsepe

Cecil Motsepe

An IEC official has been accused of placing the life of a blind pensioner in danger after allegedly allowing an ANC regional executive member to be present when she cast her special vote on Tuesday.

The pensioner asked the IEC officer to make her mark next to Cope on the ballot paper.

Mahlodi Mampane, 91, was among thousands who cast their special votes on Tuesday.

By Wednesday the whole village was abuzz with news that she had voted for Cope.

Her grandson Ronny Sedibeng said this was because Mpho Marishane, an ANC secretary in the Mahwidi Phala district of Sekhukhune in Limpopo, broke the news at a pub.

"Mpho told a group of beer drinkers that a total of 40 people cast special votes in our area. He said that my granny voted for Cope while another elderly person chose PAC," he said.

"I am extremely worried because every one voted ANC and it is now public knowledge that I am the only one who voted otherwise," said Mampane.

Jane Furse police confirmed Sedibeng had laid a complaint against Marishane and the IEC.

"My granny's vote is supposed to be a secret. Talking about it at a beer hall could put her life in danger. People will start thinking she is a sell-out. I will also take the matter up with the IEC," said Sedibeng.

Marishane told Sowetan: "I knew you would call me. How does the old woman know that I was with IEC officials because she can't even see. The last time she saw me was ten years ago . Call me after 15 minutes because I am busy."

Later he said: "I do not want to talk to you."

Collin Makwela, one of the beer drinkers, said: "Mpho was bragging about how his party would win because only two of the 40 special voters had sold out. He even said their names."

IEC spokesperson in Limpopo Nkaro Mateta said the complaint would be investigated.


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