Bekkersdal tense in registration final hour
Police had to fire stun grenades to control the ongoing protest by angry residents.
JOHANNESBURG - With less than an hour to go before voting registration stations close, the situation in Bekkersdal remains tense.
Several roads remain blocked with rocks and burning rubble while residents make their way to register.
Police had to fire stun grenades to control the ongoing protest by angry Bekkersdal residents.
A protestor in Simunye township in Westonaria holds up a rubber bullet casing with a firecracker during service delivery protests on 24 October 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN
Public property has been destroyed and roads remain blocked with burning rubble and stones.
Registration stations close to the violence remain open while police keep a close eye.
Registration stations are expected to close at five.
Meanwhile, IEC officials in the Western Cape say voter registration is running more smoothly today.
They experienced problems at registration points in Khayelitsha and Philippi yesterday, but they were quickly resolved.
There are more than 1500 IEC stations across the Western Cape.
The IEC's Courtney Sampson says, "Things are going a lot smoother today. We're very fortunate that we were able to achieve what we have.
"We've been out to some of the stations and everywhere we've been our staff have been on duty and on course."
At the same time, despite some political parties hoping for a better turnout at registration points in Du Noon today, there is still little activity at the area's registration stations.
Du Noon is one of Cape Town's largest informal settlements, home to thousands of people.
Du Noon residents went on a rampage demanding basic services on 26 July 2013. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN
Some ANC members in the area said yesterday that they were expecting bumper crowds at registration points throughout the day as most people worked yesterday and were unable to come and register but this is not the case.
The five IEC stations in the area looked as deserted as they did yesterday.
Residents who live near one of the voting stations at the Du Noon community hall say many of them don't want to vote because past elections have done nothing to improve poverty.
Others say they will continue to vote as it's the only hope they have to improve their living conditions.