Security cluster team visits Bekkersdal

Nathi Mthethwa and Siyabonga Cwele will inspect the township.

Security cluster on door to door in Bekkersdal. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A walkabout through the Bekkersdal township by government's security cluster is underway and a large crowd of ANC supporters has started gathering.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele will inspect the township where violent protests erupted last year.

The cluster is busy with a nationwide tour of troubled areas ahead of next week's elections, including as Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape and Freedom Park in the North West, to ensure peace and stability.

The cluster is being accompanied by a heavy police presence and will make their way through the Bekkersdal taxi rank where school pupils clashed with police earlier this year.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is also expected to visit the area later today.

The cluster says the number of areas identified as hotspots in this year's election has significantly decreased following their visits to troubled areas.

Mthethwa said Bekkersdal was one of their biggest concern areas for the polls but assured residents that no-one would be allowed to stop residents from voting.