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Heavy police presence in Bekkersdal

2014-05-07 07:37
(Ben Curtis, AP)

Johannesburg - More than a dozen police and military vehicles were patrolling the streets of Bekkersdal, south west of Johannesburg, early on Wednesday morning.

Police were keeping a close watch after two tents of the Electoral Commission (IEC) were burnt in Bekkersdal on Tuesday evening.

A yellow and blue tent was meanwhile erected at the polling station instead of the usual white one.

IEC officials were still putting up their official sign a few minutes before the polls opened.

Some of the more than 100 people in a queue to vote, sang and danced to keep warm as they waited for their chance to make their mark.

Others climbed on top of a ruined house to take photographs of the queue.

A number of voters said they had been waiting since 05:00.

Police and military officials were positioned outside the station entrance and videoing the proceedings.

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