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Mashatile praises Gauteng residents for peaceful elections

Gauteng Co-operative Governance MEC Paul Mashatile has thanked Gauteng residents for peaceful elections.

Voting proceeded peacefully even in areas considered as hotspots.

The run-up to the elections in the province was marred by violent protests in various townships in the Tshwane Metro following the nomination of Thoko Didiza as the African National Congress’s mayoral candidate.

Midvaal, Gauteng’s only Democratic Alliance (DA)-run municipality has also been a scene of continued unrest.

Police were on high alert amid fears that violence could flare up in places marked as hotspots in Gauteng, as in other provinces, but the elections were peaceful.

Mashatile has called on the residents to remain peaceful even if the outcome of the elections is not in their favour.

He urges anyone who might feel aggrieved to utilise the Independent Electoral Commission’s dispute resolution mechanism.

Mashatile also called on political leaders not to fuel violence by making reckless statements as the results start trickling in.

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