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The IEC has addressed the issue of voting material found in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal. Image: Facebook/Isolezwe

2024 Elections: IEC provides clarity on viral Hammarsdale videos

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has weighed in on alleged vote rigging in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal.

IEC Hammarsdale

The IEC has addressed the issue of voting material found in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal. Image: Facebook/Isolezwe

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has provided clarity following allegations of vote rigging in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal. 

The alleged incident happened on Saturday, 25 May, just days before the National and Provincial Elections on Wednesday, 29 May.


According to the videos circulating on social media, uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party members allegedly found people in African National Congress (ANC) regalia busy with ballot boxes which were reportedly delivered at night at the municipal library in Mpumalanga, Hammarsdale.

On Sunday, the IEC said these videos relate to activities at its storage sites in Chesterville and Hammersdale.

The Commission said the video footage from Hammarsdale shows the planned logistical arrangements and storage of election materials.

“These are legitimate and authorised arrangements for the distribution of ballot papers and other bulk material. The planned security measures were that the trucks distributing ballot papers are escorted by SAPS to the local storage site.

“These storage sites will then be guarded on a 24-hours basis. This arrangement would ensure that the storage sites are protected against unauthorized entry, burglary, and tempering with election materials and ensure detailed control and recording of all items in storage,” IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said.

Additionally, Bapela said the individuals seen in the video entered the warehouse without authorisation and filmed their unauthorised activities.


Furthermore, Bapela said assured the public that additional measures have been implemented to secure these various storage sites across the country. She also confirmed that the Commission has possession of all election materials shown in these videos.

“This electoral material is being prepared for distribution to voting stations in time for the special votes on Monday, 27 May. The Commission is contemplating measures against the party and the individuals involved as such obstruction to election activities should not be tolerated. This conduct violates the Code of Conduct and other electoral prescripts,” she said.

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The IEC might take actio against ther MK Party for inbvading its storage sites in Hammarsdale and Chesterville in KwaZulu-Natal. Image: X/@DZSambudla