Crowds protest results

2011-05-20 00:00

POLICE reinforcements had to be called into the KwaDambuza area to quell crowds protesting the outcome of the election on Wednesday night.

At about midnight, supporters of independent candidate Sandile Ngcobo started burning tyres, throwing rocks and destroying a bus shelter after they learned that results coming from three voting stations placed ANC candidate Muntuza Mkhize ahead of Ngcobo.

Ngcobo is an ANC member who stood as an independent candidate after he was rejected as an ANC candidate.

About 20 police vehicles were reportedly in the area and police fired rubber bullets as they tried to contain the situation.

“The first sign of trouble was a blackout. Someone threw fencing wire on the electricity cables, causing a blackout. The electricity was restored and they did it again. The police had to use their car headlights and torches to ensure that the vote counting could continue.

“A group of people were already gathered on the road causing mayhem there and burning tyres. … They wanted to block the main road to ensure that the voting ballots did not leave the area,” said the source.

Ngcobo said he was aware of the incident and agreed the people were his supporters.

He said there were problems in the voting and counting that would be reported to the IEC.

Brigadier Phindile Radebe confirmed the incident and said a case of public violence has been opened.

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