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Registration running smoothly so far

No major hurdles have as yet been reported in this weekend’s voter registration process.

A resident checks her name at Joubert Park voting station on the last weekend of voter registration. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - No major hurdles have as yet been reported in this weekend's voter registration process.

Police say the situation is under control in Bekkersdal on the West Rand after residents began throwing stones this morning.

They say residents are still able to register at centres in the area despite an earlier incident where a group of students threw stones at Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials

Residents have been dissatisfied with service delivery and were angered by remarks made by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

She has since apologised to residents after she was quoted as saying the ANC didn't need protesters' 'dirty votes'.

The police and army have been deployed in the area.

The police's Neville Malila says, "The reports I received from our operational members is that Bekkersdal is under control. All the registration stations are open."

He says while the registration process in Bekkersdal is going slowly, it is safe to do so.

"People who want to go out and register can go and register, it is safe in the area."

WESTERN CAPE

In Cape Town, several Heinz Park residents are gathered at a voter registration point in Philippi ahead of a visit by DA leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Groups of residents are gathering in the streets where DA T-shirts are being handed out.

Music is blaring from a DA van parked on the sidewalk, while some residents dressed in DA attire are dancing down the streets, holding up banners encouraging residents to register.

There are 920 registration points throughout the Cape metropolis.

The IEC in the Western Cape earlier experienced problems at two voter registration points in Site C in Khayelitsha and Philippi but they have since been resolved.

DIEPSLOOT

The registration process in Diepsloot has seen a slow start, but officials expect queues later in day.

Twenty one-year-old Lorraine Mashamaite and her 18-year-old sister were among the first-time voters who registered in Diepsloot this morning.

The sisters say they will be voting next year because they want change in the country.

The IEC has called on communities not to boycott the voter registration process, saying that every vote counts.

Registration stations are open between 8am and 5pm today and Sunday.

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