Pretoria - The Independent Electoral Commission expressed
concern on Tuesday about violent protests countrywide.
"We are worried about protest-hit areas and the safety
of our staff," chairperson Pansy Tlakula told reporters in Pretoria.
"We are hoping dialogue will take place and we will try
to resolve the issues."
The final voter registration at the weekend was hampered in
certain areas with some stations petrol-bombed in Bekkersdal, west of
Tlakula said the IEC was in contact with political parties
and police to prevent violence on voting day, 7 May 2014.
Seven people appeared in court in Taung, North West, on
Monday for allegedly damaging election material at a registration station.
Three women and four men allegedly forced their way into a
voter registration station at the Itlameng Primary School in Taung at 07:40 on
They allegedly demanded registration material from IEC
officials, removed IEC banners from the school fence, and set them alight
before fleeing the scene.