Nothing wrong with playing soccer near Vuwani voting stations - top cop

2016-08-03 14:52

Pretoria - There was nothing wrong with people playing soccer near voting stations in Vuwani, the country's top cop said on Wednesday.

Police had been deployed at all 56 voting stations in Vuwani, Limpopo, to ensure there were no disruptions, acting national police commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane told reporters in Tshwane.

Some Vuwani residents were playing soccer near voting stations, instead of going to vote, in protest against a decision to incorporate their area into a new municipality.

Three community leaders were arrested in Vuwani during the week for allegedly trying to intimidate people, and for claiming that the elections would not take place.

"We are not going to allow anyone to contravene the law," Phahlane said.

A total of 75 000 police officers were at voting stations countrywide.

Other people had also been arrested in connection with the elections, but he would not go into detail about how many, or the offences.

Regarding allegations of election fraud in Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal, Phahlane said the cases would receive the necessary attention from police.

Concerns were raised about police members not being able to vote because they were on duty. Phahlane said many members had registered for special votes and had voted on Tuesday. Others would vote on Wednesday.

"No members will be kept from exercising their right to vote," he said.

Phahlane said he was not aware of any protest action in Diepsloot, northern Johannesburg, but added that police would respond if needed.

He was confident police had done enough to create a safe environment for voters.


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