SAPS satisfied with registration weekend

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa commended his officers for policing during the registration drive.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa addresses journalists at the Diepsloot police station on Sunday 9 February 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has commended his officers for excellent policing during this weekend's IEC registration drive.

Mthethwa addressed the media at a police station in Diepsloot on Sunday afternoon.

Amid violent service delivery protests in various parts of South Africa over the past two weeks questions were being asked as to how well police would handle the second leg of the IEC voter registrations this weekend.

But police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says he can't fault his officers because they did a great job in all areas this weekend.

"Police were on the ground and whatever negative movement was there, they were able to come in quickly and deal with the situation."

Residents of various townships across the country including Bekkersdal, Bronkhorstspruit and khayelitsha boycotted the registration drive, saying they will not vote in this year's upcoming national elections because government doesn't care about them.

The IEC will be holding a briefing on Tuesday where officials will discuss the outcome of the registration weekend.