Disabled drop-offs cause tension in Tlokwe

2011-05-19 09:00

Tempers ran high at Tlokwe municipality’s Promosa Hall (ward 21) voting station as the ANC and DA party agents’ cars dropped off disabled voters inside the demarcated (cordoned-off) line leading to the station.

Mirriam Mokoena, presiding officer at the voting station, said she was called to intervene when the DA’s party agent drove inside the demarcated line to drop off disabled voters.

She said squabbling between the two parties ensued and she was asked to quell the situation.

“The DA party agent told me the ANC agent also dropped people inside the perimeter earlier on and he wanted to do the same,” Mokoena said.

“As expected by law, I then spoke to all involved parties and explained to them that their cars were not allowed inside the demarcated area,” she said.

“I subsequently decided to enlarge the perimeter and all parties agreed not to venture into the cordoned-off area again,” Mokoena said.

Out-going ANC councillor Walter Sehurutse and the DA’s Dawie Schoeman confirmed the incident and concurred that it was amicably settled.

Promosa is a predominantly coloured community in ward 21 – currently under the ANC – which includes areas of extension 7 in Ikageng, and has a strong DA presence.

Schoeman, DA ward councillor candidate in the area, said the party lost Ward 21 with a marginal 80 votes during the 2006 elections and was hoping to win this time around.

Ferguson Jones, Cope ward candidate, told City Press that the area was hotly contested between ANC, DA and Cope and saw political party bigwigs descending on it to woo voters.

“Terror Lekota, our leader, took his campaign here as well as Helen Zille and Patricia de Lille,” he said.

He added that the ANC’s Kgalema Motlanthe, Julius Malema and Fikile Mbalula also conducted door-to-door campaigns during their electioneering drives in the area.

Voting went on smoothly at Promosa Hall voting station and it closed at 7pm without any major incidents.

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