Voter intimidation 'won't be tolerated'

2011-05-18 13:04

Bloemfontein - The law is clear that nobody can stop or violate any voter's rights to vote at any voting station, Free State IEC head Chris Mepha said on Wednesday.

He was reacting after a temporary voting station was burnt down in Bloemfontein.

Mepha said there was a heavy police presence at the Phase 7 "Tuckshop" voting station to provide security to voters and Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) personnel.

Scores of police officers converged on the voting station near Grootvlei, south of Bloemfontein, where locals are unhappy with service delivery.

The voting process at the temporary tent voting station was going smoothly, said Mepha.

Service delivery

Police forensic investigators were at the scene where the original voting station tent was burnt down during the night, he said.

The IEC started voting off under a tree at 07:00 while a new tent was erected for voters.

A small group of residents were in discussion with police at the scene during the morning.

One of the locals displayed a placard with the words: "We always vote but no service delivery. Fifteen years without formalisation."

Police in riot gear stood between angry residents and the voting station.

Police spokesperson Colonel Sam Makhele said the situation was under control.

Mepha said if anybody was suspected of intimidating voters at the voting station they would be arrested.

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  • annie.kalahari - 2011-05-18 13:18

    Will the police look into this kind of 'voter intimidation' too? Afrikaner resident Andries Putter, 20, was illed in Boksburg - for not wanting to vote: he had his throat cut after four black men in a double-cab 4wd vehicle adorned with ANC-stickers, accosted him and his friend ‘Johantjie’ - urging them to vote ANC. The two Afrikaners replied that they would not be voting at all: they were then chased by the four blacks into a veld. Johantjie escaped but Putter fell down: and was found later in a police search with his throat cut. URL LINK...

      evanknowles - 2011-05-18 13:34

      Here's the Google translation if anyone wants it:

      SP - 2011-05-18 14:41

      I hope to God that the ANC gets crushed in this election. Come on SA !!!

      Delarey - 2011-05-18 15:50

      this terrorist ANC organization is going to get their day, and they all will pay for what they have done and still doing.

  • Casper - 2011-05-18 14:41

    Then dont vote ANC!If you're sick of government failure, stop being blind and vote for change. DA DA DA!! No point in burning down the voting station! Thats not going to help anything!

  • Nesomaniac - 2011-05-18 16:27

    Does that include terrorising the sheep by telling them that their ancestors will forever haunt them?

  • Monica - 2011-05-18 17:47

    Why are you dong this? You have the choice to vote for a party that can take of your needs. Vote DA! Just want to warn you it is going to take a lot of time and years to fix what the ANC have messed up. I am sure you are not going to wait 17 years to fix the problems!

  • Monica - 2011-05-18 17:56

    All I want to say it remove ANC from parliament and let someone take over the finances; it they ANC could not do that that will all the extra taxes; let it be it. Vote DA to get a better municipaity; all over South Africa so that we know where the funds go. DA; if they they win; there is going to a lot of cob-webs to reveil! There is so much debt that the ANC has to pay for; DA still have to take care of that! I vote for you President Zilla!

  • Nesomaniac - 2011-05-18 18:06

    If I had the vote I'd be very tempted to vote DA but what worries me is that every time I see her she is dancing, prancing and toyi-toying around like one of the "great unwashed". That's not the way a prospective, intelligent leader of SA should behave.

      tryanything - 2011-05-18 19:09

      If you dont like it vote against it. but do something not nothing.

      tammi2day - 2011-05-18 19:49

      I think your comment shows your lack of cultural understanding Nesomaniac. Ms. Zille has gone to great effort to show that the DA is a multi-cultural, multi-racial party. If it irks you that she dances and enjoys herself with her constituents, at least you also have the reassurance that despite her dancing, things are still being taken care of, either because the right people are in place or she knows how to manage her time well. Leaders should, in my opinion, be able to join the people in their activities, rather than hold themselves aloof and seperate... that smacks of elitism! BTW, if you lived in a shack without access to running water, electricity or even enclosed toilets, you too would be one of the 'great unwashed'. Rather than criticizing others who are less fortunate, you should perhaps consider how fortunate you are... there but for the Grace of God go I, you know!

  • Koring - 2011-05-18 19:55

    Word, word, words, and nobody cares. Just like making millions of laws that nobody bothers to implement. Taxis with loudhailers today tellig voters to vote ANC ------ ILLEGAL ---- who cares? The police certainly just look on and don't do a thing ----- after all they know who pays their salary. -- No let any other party do that and the vehicle will be impounded immediately. The IEC says "illegal" --- but don't do anything about it. we are fast moving to a state of anarchy where thepublic will start taking the law into their own hands -- and it's happening already.

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