IEC officer convicted of electoral fraud

An Ulundi election officer on Friday became the first South African since 1994 to be convicted of electoral fraud.

The eSikhawini Magistrate’s Court on Friday found Sindisiwe Mncube guilty on five charges of forgery and violating the Electoral Code.

Mncube was arrested after she was caught with illegally marked ballot papers in Ulundi, where she was employed as a presiding officer in the general elections on April 22.

Delivering judgment on Friday afternoon, magistrate T Ngesi described Mncube as an unreliable individual, saying that she contradicted herself during the trial.

“The accused was a poor witness who contradicted herself in her own evidence and cannot distinguish between lies and truth.”

The court was expected to sentence Mncube later on Friday.—Sapa


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