97 nabbed, security forces thank SA for ‘festive’ voting atmosphere

2014-05-07 17:34

The government departments responsible for safety and security during the elections have expressed their appreciation for the “festive and peaceful spirit” in which South Africans have voted.

In a press statement issued today, the various departments, including the police and the defence force, said 97 people had been arrested for election-related offences during and in the run-up to the elections.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said there were mainly three types of offences: intimidation, pulling down or defacing posters of political parties or disrupting a meeting of political parties.

Makgale said the elections had, for the most part, been “very peaceful”.

Police acted quickly when young people in Maruleng, Limpopo, blockaded roads.

“We immediately removed those so that people could move freely,” said Makgale.

Read: Slow start to voting in Maruleng after roads blocked

He also said that a man was arrested in Limpopo for allegedly stealing an IEC voting stamp.

City Press reported earlier that a Northern Cape man had been charged with unlawfully taking a picture of his vote in an election booth.

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