The Electoral Court in Johannesburg brought two warring parties face-to-face on Monday, as Black First Land First (BLF) and Freedom Front Plus (FF+) fought their cases diligently. Both parties have claimed victory in their duel, but can we really take anyone’s word for it?
BLF vs FF+: What did the courts say?
The BLF – known for their bombastic brand of rhetoric – were jubilant after the proceedings, claiming the judge’s decision was a vindication of their “black-only” membership policy. The FF+ have declared their position unconstitutional, and want their political nemesis banned from the 2019 Elections.
The court decided on Monday afternoon that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) should not have dismissed FF+’s appeal straight away. They have set aside that decision, meaning that the Chief Electoral Officer of the Commission must now make a decision on the matter “imminently”.
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