Police rescue IEC officials from angry Bekkersdal mob

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Chaos erupted outside one the four voting stations in Bekkersdal, west of Joburg, shortly after voting closed when an angry crowd in EFF clothing accused IEC officials of smuggling in ballot papers they had marked.

The two officials had apparently left the tent that was used as the voting station to get fresh air before starting to count the votes. When they returned, they were stopped by an angry mob who refused them entry to the tent.

Some of the people in the crowd demanded to search the officials, saying they were carrying marked ballot papers, which they were going to add to the ballot boxes.

Police had to intervene and rescue the two women who were being pulled by the crowd. Members of the SANDF arrived shortly after and calm was restored.

By 11pm, ANC and EFF members were standing on opposite sides of the road, chanting slogans, saying they would wait until the officials had finished counting the votes.

Lindi Mboma said: “You can never trust the IEC officials because IEC is more of an ANC institution.

“We will wait for them to count the votes and tell us the outcome,” she said.

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