ANC 'still campaigning' in Joburg

2011-05-18 09:47

Johannesburg - Disgruntled supporters of independent candidate George Rangwato stood watching in astonishment as ANC members continued campaigning a few metres away from a polling station in ward nine, Tembisa, Kempton Park, on Wednesday.

ANC members, who said they were volunteers, had set up a table not far from a voting tent which assisted people who were unsure about their registration status, under the watchful eyes of the independent group.

As the morning progressed, a car displaying ANC banners on its boot and bonnet was seen stopping next to the table. A man dropped off ANC banners which were then laid out on the table.

Independent candidate supporter Moetapele Tlotleng said he was very unhappy about what was happening at the venue and would raise his concern through the correct channels.

Tlotleng also complained that ANC supporters called aside a woman who wanted to check her name on the Voters' Roll and told her to vote for the ANC.

"This is really unfair, campaigning stopped at midnight on Tuesday."

ANC representative Vusi Makama said she knew nothing of the matter and saw no problem in ANC banners being displayed on the table because they were 100m away from the polling station "as per requirement of the IEC".

Earlier on Wednesday, many people left the polling station because their names were not on the Voters' Roll or they were registered elsewhere.

People opted to go home as they did not want to walk the long distance to the Difateng section.

Some Independent Electoral Commission officials organised transport for those that remained.

Shela Dilakazi said she walked from her home only to be turned away because the roll indicated she was to vote at a different venue.

"I'm thinking of going home, I'm not going to foot," she said.

A married couple, Maina and Aron Mahlangu, said they would go to the other venue, but they were unsure if they would wait in the long queue.

"We might just go back home."

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