Police rescue IEC officials from angry Bekkersdal mob

2014-05-07 23:49

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Chaos erupted outside one the four voting stations in Bekkersdal, west of Joburg, shortly after voting closed when an angry crowd in EFF clothing accused IEC officials of smuggling in ballot papers they had marked.

The two officials had apparently left the tent that was used as the voting station to get fresh air before starting to count the votes. When they returned, they were stopped by an angry mob who refused them entry to the tent.

Some of the people in the crowd demanded to search the officials, saying they were carrying marked ballot papers, which they were going to add to the ballot boxes.

Police had to intervene and rescue the two women who were being pulled by the crowd. Members of the SANDF arrived shortly after and calm was restored.

By 11pm, ANC and EFF members were standing on opposite sides of the road, chanting slogans, saying they would wait until the officials had finished counting the votes.

Lindi Mboma said: “You can never trust the IEC officials because IEC is more of an ANC institution.

“We will wait for them to count the votes and tell us the outcome,” she said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.