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Zille: Ballots found in PTA park counted

The DA leader says no fraud is suspected but investigations into the incident are continuing.

Dumped bags of ballot papers were reportedly found in a park in Lynnwood Ridge in Pretoria on 8 May. Picture: iWitness.

PRETORIA - An audit has found black bags with ballot papers found at a Lynnwood Ridge park in Pretoria were in fact counted, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille said on Thursday.

In a tweet, she said the Gauteng ballots papers may have fallen off a truck but investigations into the incident are continuing.

The papers were discovered on Thursday morning.

Voting stations were set up for Wednesday's general elections in Cedar Road.

Most of the papers were apparently in favour of the DA, but this cannot be independently confirmed.

Sources say the black bags were discovered by residents this morning and collected by an unknown man earlier in the day.

Reports are also coming in that two ballots boxes have been found hidden between and inside shacks in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is also claiming that a ballot box was dumped in Diepsloot.

A ward counsellor in the area confirmed that ballot papers were found in the northern Johannesburg township.

Abraham Mabuke says he was alerted of this earlier today.

"A lot of ballot papers have been found at Cobra Street, Diepsloot, by school kids."

He says he went to collect the papers himself.

"Those ballot papers are the correct ballot papers for the national and provincial elections and are marked in favour of the ANC."

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it isn't aware of any ballots that were dumped but confirmed it received two complaints from political parties.

The commission says it has forwarded these complaints to its provincial structures to investigate.

In addition, it has also emerged that voters in the North West weren't given provincial ballot papers when they cast their ballots.

The IEC says this too is under investigation.