Voter registration disrupted in Cape Town, Joburg and Limpopo
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 10:01:00
A group of African National Congress (ANC) supporters has prevented the opening of a voting station in Kuyasa in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
The supporters allege that their candidate has been unfairly excluded from the internal screening process.
They say the party has endorsed party preferred candidates above their own.
ANC Acting Provincial Chairperson Khaya Magaxa says the group is hijacking the process to lobby for their own candidate.
Magaxa says the selection process is far from over.
He has accused the group of violating the rights of other parties who are unable to do their work following the closure.
IEC spokesperson Courtney Sampson says the station has been temporarily closed for safety reasons.
Residents of Kapok informal settlement in Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg, have meanwhile continued to boycott the voters’ registration drive.
The area has been marred by violent service delivery protests.
IEC relying on the police to deal with the situation
There are also reports of intimidation of IEC officials in Vuwani outside Thohoyandou where residents have been protesting since last year over the proposed merger of their area with Malamulele to form a municipality.
IEC vice chairperson Terry Tselane says they are relying on the police to deal with the situation.
“We understand that there are few areas where there are pockets of instability as a result of the protest. As you may be aware that the majority of the people use this platform to highlight whatever issues they have in different communities.
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