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Monday, 26 January 2009

Why don't expatriates have the vote but criminals do?

The Democratic Alliance is one of a number of interested parties that is about to launch a court challenge revolving around the right of expatriate South Africans to vote.
The South African constitution is clear: all adult citizens enjoy the right to vote. This is not a qualified right. It does not for example say "all adult citizens within the country's borders can vote." It's simply all adult citizens.
This was the basis on which convicted felons who are serving jail time challenged the practice of disallowing them the vote a number of years ago. South Africans abroad cannot vote at present, but those in jail can, as a result.
Funnily enough, the ANC's so-called Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) still refuses to allow expats to vote, subsequent to the above judgement. The IEC therefore still does not follow the constitution to the letter. It discriminates against those who find themselves abroad. Of course, these people include a huge number of white South Africans, who because of their race, cannot find gainful employment in South Africa due to the state racism known as "Affirmative Action" - a system of ethnic cleansing of whites from the workplace.
Clearly the ruling ANC regime sees it in its interest to bar the above people from voting. Isn't it extremely interesting, though, that the ANC clearly wanted jailbirds to vote but not expats? This is almost an admission that it knows full well that its supporter base includes the criminal underclass. Given the predilection of ANC and its members such as Jacob Zuma to enthusiastically involve themselves in crime, this should not suprise anybody.
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