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Violence in Bekkersdal on eve of election

2014-05-06 22:46
A voting station burning in Bekkersdal. (SABC, Twitter)

Johannesburg - Two tents belonging to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) were burnt in Bekkersdal on the eve of the general elections, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said that earlier residents beat up a man they accused of theft, but police intervened and rescued him.

"They ran away and burnt tyres and two tents belonging to the IEC."

No one was arrested and the extent of the man's injuries was not immediately clear.

Bekkersdal is one of several hotspots where the army has been deployed to keep order ahead of the election.

It has been the site of protests over service delivery and other issues since last year.

In February voter registration was disrupted in Bekkersdal when two voter registration stations were petrol bombed.

In March an African National Congress delegation was pelted with stones during a door-to-door campaign there.

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