IFP confirms Alex hostage drama

By Drum Digital
09 May 2014

Inkatha Freedom Party supporters held election officials and ANC members hostage in Alexandra.

Inkatha Freedom Party supporters held election officials and ANC members hostage in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, on Thursday, the party said.

IFP secretary general Sbongile Nkomo said ballot boxes at the Women for Peace voting station were apparently loaded into a strange car.

This led to IFP members holding election officials and African National Congress members hostage.

"The matter was resolved and there is peace and calm in Alexandra," Nkomo said.

She said the IFP would file an objection with the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) on the matter. She said the IFP was satisfied with the votes it had accumulated so far.

ANC spokesman Nkenke Kekana said about 20 party agents were held hostage.

"They held ANC party agents hostage for five hours... leadership of both parties intervened and resolved the matter.

"Those who were held hostage have the right to lay charges if they choose to do so."

Kekana said about 100 IFP members arrived at the voting station carrying knobkerries.

Provincial IEC spokesman Masego Shiburi could not be reached for comment.

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