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Madikizela-Mandela addresses Bekkersdal residents

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says since 1994 service delivery in this area has not changed.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Struggle steward Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is in Bekkersdal to address concerned residents and trying to ease the tension.

Just before she visited the area police fired stun grenades to stop protesters who were burning rubble and blocking roads.

Madikizela-Mandela says she is shocked to see the state of Bekkersdal almost 20 years since she visited the area with struggle icon Chris Hani.

She says since 1994 service delivery in this area has not changed.

Seven out of twelve registration stations have been closed in Bekkersdal following clashes between community members and the police. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN"

"I'm one of the leaders who made promises to this community and I expected a bit of change."

Madikizela-Mandela says she isn't visiting the area representing the ANC but rather as a concerned mother who wants to listen to the people.

Meanwhile, the situation in Bekkersdal remained tense throughout the day as people registered to vote.

A voting station at the Milnerton Baptist Church in Cape Town. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

Several roads remained blocked with rocks and burning rubble while residents made their way to register.

Police had to fire stun grenades to control the ongoing protest by angry residents.

Public property has been destroyed and roads remain blocked with burning rubble and stones.

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