Minor arrested for burning Bekkersdal IEC tents

2014-05-07 09:16

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bekkersdal is relatively calm this morning after two IEC tents were burnt down and another was dismantled by an angry mob of young people.

Voting continued without any glitches and queues were growing by the minute, especially at the polling station in the Mandela informal settlement, where an ANC ward councillor lives.

Intelligence Minister Siyabonga Cwele also visited the area, which has been violent in the past few months. He said he was happy with the situation and the fact that people had come out in numbers despite the violence experienced in the area recently.

There have been no serious incidents reported other than the burning of the IEC tents last night. A minor was arrested in connection with the incident and he is in police custody, he said.

Cwele also expressed concern about unruly young people behind the protests in Bekkersdal.

He said: “A heavy police presence will remain in the area until the counting of the votes is done.”

The SANDF and metro police have also been deployed in the area. Soldiers have set up camp on the road leading into Bekkersdal.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.