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SRWPThe Citizen reports that a Twitter account representing the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng sent out a tweet thanking members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) for voting for them in Wednesday’s national polls.  

This was likely a dig at the newly formed Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP) and its chairperson Irvin Jim, who is also the general secretary of Numsa.  The SRWP had a dire showing at the polls, earning just 24,439 votes, which was not nearly enough for a single seat in parliament.  That was a particularly sobering result since Numsa has 370,000 members, less than 7% of whom supported a party formed by its leader.  The party has since released a statement indicating that it has no plans of gracefully accepting defeat.  The statement describes the SA electoral process as flawed and says their experience contesting elections shows that the “bourgeois electoral system is not the solution to our problems”.  It gives examples of “evidence of faults and fraud” at the hands of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and concludes that it would be “impossible” for the party “to scientifically accept the accuracy of the results of these elections”.  “We are convinced history will prove us right,” the statement reads.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard at The Citizen

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