Slow start to voting in Maruleng after roads blocked

2014-05-07 14:23

Voters were trickling in at voting stations in Limpopo’s Maruleng local municipal area following the blockading of roads by disgruntled community members.

More than 10 voting stations at the Lorraine and Sekororo villages, situated between Hoedspruit and Tzaneen, were opened after 12pm and there was a heavy police presence.

The opening of voting stations was delayed because stones, bottles, street lights, trees and tyres were used to barricade roads – thereby preventing Independent Electoral Commission officers from accessing voting stations.

Crushed bottles and burnt tyres and stones could be seen near the main tar roads.

Residents protested on Monday and disturbed the smooth running of special votes following a squabble over land earmarked for a shopping mall.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said ownership of the land was being contested by two tribal authorities.

“It got better when the premier’s office met the community representatives and we gave them feedback that the office had undertaken to deal with the dispute,” said Mulaudzi.

“Yesterday, the special votes got under way under police scrutiny,” he added.

The start of voting today was delayed because of inaccessibility to the stations as the rubble was still on the roads. The Maruleng municipality has since cleared the roads.

City Press arrived at the Lorraine Banareng Primary School and found large stones blockading the gate, which were removed by police who were accompanying IEC officials.

Voting at Ballon Sekororo Tribal Authority and Mathaba General Dealer had also started.

A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said no problems had yet been experienced at the stations.

The streets were teeming with loitering young people, while the elderly were walking slowly to the stations.

Most of the young people refused to comment.

At most, there were five people in the queues at the stations.

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