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Ex-ANC councillor’s car torched

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Vryheid - A former ANC councillor's car was set a light at his farm in Gluckstadt near Vryheid, the KwaZulu-Natal transport department said on Wednesday.

“It is very disappointing to hear that such an incident took place after we have been working around the clock to ensure that all the by-elections were as peaceful and free as those held in KwaNongoma recently,” said MEC Willies Mchunu.

Former ANC councillor Andre Lotter's car was burnt on Monday night apparently to scare and stop him from getting a court interdict preventing by-elections from going ahead in Vryheid.

Lotter resigned from the ANC in January 2013. The resultant by-election did not take place after a legal challenge by Lotter, who claimed that the ANC and the IFP had bussed in voters who were not ordinarily resident in the ward.

At the end of July, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) announced it had removed 1500 voters from the voters' roll.

Lotter took the matter to the Constitutional Court and it ordered the IEC to postpone the election and investigate whether names had been fraudulently added to the voters' roll.

Lotter has insisted that there should be no election in the ward until some one was held accountable for the fraud.

The electoral court ruled otherwise and dismissed two applications by Lotter to have the by-election postponed.

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