A video of a group of black and white people standing in separate queues to vote at the Wellington CPUT campus in the Boland region of the Western Cape has caused an outcry on social media.
In the video, the woman filming it says 'this is racism'.
But the Independent Electoral Commission IIEC) has explained this was on no way racist.
Upon investigation, the IEC confirmed the authenticity of the Wellington video, saying it was not a racial incident but students who were registered in one place were applying to vote in that voting station.
The students were apparently registered at a different voting district.
For practical purposes, the presiding officer placed them in a separate line to process as they need to complete a VEC4 form as stipulated under Section 24(a) of the Electoral Act before a ballot can be issued.
The other line of voters was registered at that particular voting station and therefore splitting them up would enable those registered there to move through more quickly, was the explanation given.
That the two queues visually represented a categorised demographic, is coincidental, according to the IEC.
Because of this practical arrangement, the students were asked to stand to one side because of the fact that they were now applying and filling in their forms while the other people didn’t have to do that. So instead of clogging up the whole system, they were kept aside.— Rev Courtney Sampson, Western Cape chief electoral officer - IEC
Watch the video below:
@IECSouthAfrica this is happening at Western Cape Province, Cape Winelands Region at Wellington Campus of CPUT. Voters are segregatedby colour of their skin, this is wrong and criminal. @SAHRCommission please intervene. #SAElections2019 #SADecideds2019 @SABCNewsOnline pic.twitter.com/EIpQBfEHfb— Songeze Phahlindlela (@Songeze_P) May 8, 2019
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