Journalist arrested for Barberton double voting


So far the cops have arrested 24 people countrywide for issues related to the Wednesday elections.

Police on Saturday said they arrested Mpumalanga local journalist Etienne Mare for alleged double voting.

The 52-year-old is accused of contravening the laws governing election in South Africa.

Mare had said he was able to vote more than once in Barberton on Wednesday, implying the electoral system was easy to cheat and therefore the 8 May 2019 general elections were never fair.

Police spokesman Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo on Saturday afternoon said Mare appeared at the Barberton Magistrates Court charged with contravening the laws governing elections in the country.

Naidoo said Mare was arrested together with another suspect, 57-year-old Malinda Halloway.

Mare was on his way to vote for a second time after hearing from Halloway that she had been “able to do so herself”, Naidoo said.

A video of Mare doind double voting was posted online.

Mare is the editor of Mbombela based news outlet Suburb News.

“The Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure promised that all of the social media postings in which people claimed to have voted more than once will be investigated and culprits will be brought to book,” he said, adding the arrest of Mare and Halloway brings the total to 24 since 8 May.

They include 17 from Danhauser, 2 from Hluhluwe, one from Izingolweni, one from Sawoti one from Douglas dale and now the two from Barberton.

“On the question of the alleged “double votes”, that is a matter under investigation by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC),” said Naidoo.

(edited by MLM)

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