Minor arrested for burning Bekkersdal IEC tents

2014-05-07 09:16

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Bekkersdal is relatively calm this morning after two IEC tents were burnt down and another was dismantled by an angry mob of young people.

Voting continued without any glitches and queues were growing by the minute, especially at the polling station in the Mandela informal settlement, where an ANC ward councillor lives.

Intelligence Minister Siyabonga Cwele also visited the area, which has been violent in the past few months. He said he was happy with the situation and the fact that people had come out in numbers despite the violence experienced in the area recently.

There have been no serious incidents reported other than the burning of the IEC tents last night. A minor was arrested in connection with the incident and he is in police custody, he said.

Cwele also expressed concern about unruly young people behind the protests in Bekkersdal.

He said: “A heavy police presence will remain in the area until the counting of the votes is done.”

The SANDF and metro police have also been deployed in the area. Soldiers have set up camp on the road leading into Bekkersdal.

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