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
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
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
"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."