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ANC, EFF in choral stand-off

2014-05-07 22:21
Pretoria - Rival groups of ANC and EFF supporters were singing and dancing close to each other outside a voting station in Pretoria on Wednesday evening.

The word "voetsak" was prominent in both groups' songs, with only about a metre separating the competing groups.

The groups had congregated near the voting station at the City Hall, along Paul Kruger Street in central Pretoria.

Ivan Madlanga, a supporter of Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters, said he had had a tiring day but "would not leave it for the African National Congress to win".

"We are proving to the ANC people that we sing better than them. I am excited," said Madlanga, who was drenched in sweat.

Earlier, Tshwane metro police dispersed EFF supporters who blocked Paul Kruger Street.

The EFF supporters left many cars, some attended, parked adjacent to the voting station at the City Hall.

Frustrated motorists hooted and some shouted at the EFF supporters to remove their vehicles.

As several police cars arrived, the EFF swiftly removed their cars and sped off.

Four metro police cars were parked in the busy Paul Kruger Street.

At 20:30 people were still streaming into the City Hall to cast their votes.

A long, winding queue of hundreds of people slowly progressed towards the voting tents.

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