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Strong winds flatten voting tents in KZN

2016-08-03 18:22
A woman votes during South Africa’s municipal elections. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

Durban - Electoral officials are contending with inclement weather in KwaZulu-Natal, as strong winds flattened several IEC tents on Wednesday afternoon.

Independent Electoral Commission spokesperson in KZN, Mawethu Mosery, said while they were being troubled by the weather, voting would continue until the 19:00 cut-off.

Four tents were blown away in the Abaqulusi municipality, in the north of the province.

“We are working with the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the municipalities and we are reconstructing them.  No one has been injured,” he said.

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Tents in Dannhauser, Utrecht, Harding and on the Hibiscus Coast have also been damaged.

Strong winds blew the roof off a school on the South Coast and the voting centre would be relocated. They were finding alternative venues, ranging from spaza shops to churches.

“In one case we are using a bad school, but there is a roof so we are surviving,” Mosery said.

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