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ANC happy with Gauteng registration numbers

2014-02-12 07:07
Johannesburg - The high number of new voter registrations recorded in Gauteng at the weekend is encouraging, the ANC said on Tuesday.

"This is a resounding success for the province as earlier registration figures were very low," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

The party's national working committee was referring to results released by the Independent Electoral Committee earlier on Tuesday.

IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula told reporters in Pretoria that a total of 339 728 new registrations were recorded in Gauteng on the weekend.

Fears for IEC staff

Tlakula expressed concern about the violent protests that have been taking place countrywide.

"We are worried about protest-hit areas and the safety of our staff.

"We are hoping dialogue will take place and we will try to resolve the issues."

The final voter registration at the weekend was hampered in certain areas with some stations petrol bombed in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg.

Tlakula said the IEC was in contact with political parties and police to prevent violence on election day, 7 May.

Seven people appeared in court in Taung, North West, on Monday for allegedly damaging election material at a registration station.

Three women and four men forced their way into a voter registration station at the Itlameng Primary School in Taung on Saturday at 07:40.

They demanded registration material from IEC officials, removed IEC banners from the school fence, and set them alight before fleeing the scene.

ANC blames opposition parties for violence

Mthembu said Gauteng had been a target of opposition parties with some resorting to instigating violence within communities in and around the province.

"We call on the law enforcement agencies to hold those responsible accountable for instigating violence.

"Anarchy and violence will not be rewarded."

He said grievances linked to lack of development or services would be addressed and that municipalities would be supported in addressing the problems.

Those who had not yet registered to vote were encouraged to use the IEC offices in the various municipalities to register.

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