Premier urges Denver residents to respect the law

Makhura says he'll be meeting with those involved to find a way to intervene and bring calm to the area.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited the Denver community near Johannesburg's CBD following reports of intimidation against IEC officials during the voting registration weekend on 06 March 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has appealed to angry residents in Denver to respect the law and not to voice their grievances by intimidating would-be voters.

Makhura and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau visited the area today after registration there was interrupted yesterday.

Residents are angry over the incorporation of the community into a different ward ahead of the local government elections.

The premier says after speaking to residents and seeing the area he understands why residents have a problem with the demarcation.

"They have a point when they say the way this ward was demarcated doesn't make sense. It doesn't make sense to us too but it doesn't mean they must stop those who want to register."

Makhura says he will be meeting those involved to find a way to intervene and bring calm to the area.

"We explained that there is a process of the City of Johannesburg and all the parties are meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue of demarcation."

There's been very little activity at the temporary voting structures today.

It appears residents may be concerned about being victimised.