3 000 protest after elections

2011-05-23 14:16
East London - More than 3 000 residents of Bizana in the Eastern Cape took to the streets on Monday in protest against ward councillors who were not chosen by the community, police said.

"Crowds were gathered in Bizana's main street this morning toyi-toying and throwing dustbins because they are not satisfied with the ANC results of the Independent Electoral Commission," said Captain Mlungisi Matidane.

"The residents said the municipality has put councillors here that were not elected by the people...they are contesting 31 wards," he said.

The protest, which started at 06:00, forced shops to close down.

Police managed to disperse the crowds by noon and arrested a man for public violence.

Bizana is the seat of Mbizana Local Municipality, which is made up of 25 wards. It was transferred from the OR Tambo District to Alfred Nzo District Municipality following local elections.

The ANC won 73.2% of the vote in the province.

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