IEC officials fearful after protesters try to torch voting station in East London

2016-08-03 13:27

East London - IEC officials at the Gcobani community hall voting station near Cambridge township feared for their safety after locals tried to set it alight earlier on Wednesday.

"We are scared. We don't know if they will burn this place, with us still inside," said an IEC official who asked to remain anonymous.

A small group of protesters ran away after police arrived and fired rubber bullets and teargas at them. The voting station was open, but nobody had arrived there to vote.

The IEC official said the protesters had pushed their way through a hole in the fence at the back of the premises.

"We were sitting here waiting for residents when we heard a loud noise. We went to search the other room and saw a large number of young boys holding paraffin. We shouted for police and they ran away."

They felt safer with police in the area, but feared the protesters would return. 

Residents had been protesting over the ANC’s list of councillor candidates. Several people had been arrested.

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