7 voting stations closed in Bekkersdal - IEC

2013-11-09 14:29
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Johannesburg - Seven voting stations have been closed down in Bekkersdal, in the West Rand, after violence broke out on Saturday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said.

"Seven stations have temporarily closed," Gauteng IEC official Masego Sheburi said.

"[The stations] were forced to close because of activities in the vicinity of the stations. [We are]... making efforts to re-open them today still."

Sheburi said five stations were still operational.

No IEC officials were injured, he said.

Earlier on Saturday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa reportedly ordered the closure of all voting stations in Bekkersdal.

A man was reportedly stabbed earlier on Saturday in the area and a municipal building torched.

An eNCA reporter, Oliver Meth, said Mthethwa was patrolling the area and assessing the situation.

Meth said a crowd of 200 people were taking part in the protests and riot police had been deployed.

Protesters were armed with pangas and other weapons, Meth said.

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