Rubber bullets fly as Holpan residents vow to disturb voting - reports

2019-05-08 11:34
IEC voting station
IEC (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Police fired rubber bullets at residents of Holpan in the Northern Cape on the day residents were meant to go to the polls to vote in the general elections, according to a report.

Violence erupted on Wednesday after some Holpan residents - who promised to disturb voting prior to the elections - stayed true to their word.

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Police intervened near a Holpan voting station and tried to disperse the crowd, who were protesting over a lack of service delivery over the past 25 years. A cameraman was struck on the head with a rock during the protest, eNCA reported.

The SA Electoral Commission's provincial manager in the province, Elkin Topkins, told OFM News that police opened the centre and threatened to arrest anyone who disturbed peaceful voting.

Pictures on social media show a heavy police presence in the area.

This is a developing story.

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