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We want the army out, say Bekkersdal residents

2014-05-07 07:04
A voting station burning in Bekkersdal. (SABC, Twitter)
Cape Town - Bekkersdal remains tense as South Africa votes on Wednesday.

Violence in the area prompted the government to deploy the army but reports have emerged that the military stationed there is intimidating people.

ENCA reported that the Bekkersdal Concerned Residents Association does not want the army in the area because of accusations of voter intimidation.

On Tuesday, two tents belonging to the IEC were torched and police said that residents had gone on the rampage in the area west of Johannesburg.

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," he said.

The area is a hotspot after pre-election violence and an ANC delegation doing door to door campaigning was pelted with stones in March.

The ruling party's Gauteng branch insisted that all people should be allowed to vote without fear.

"All voters, no matter which party they will choose, must be free to go to the polls in peace and without fear. #satatement #Bekkerdal," (sic) the ANC in Gauteng tweeted in March.

All voting stations are open from 07:00 and close at 21:00.

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