Des Van Rooyen condemns violence during voter registration weekend

Des Van Rooyen has called on traditional leaders to facilitate talks about grievances from residents.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen has condemned the acts of violence, which has marred some voting stations during the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC's) voter registration weekend, and called on traditional leaders to facilitate talks about grievances from residents.

Today is the last day for members of the public to register to vote and update their details before local government elections commence on 3 August

The electoral commission says there are close to 16 million addresses that are still missing in their database and those who didn't manage to register can still do so at any IEC office.

Van Rooyen says leaders in communities have an important role to play in ensuring that residents' service delivery concerns are addressed appropriately

"As much as we understand that they have concerns we can't tolerate a situation where other's people's right to register is being compromised. We encourage our people to refrain from acts of violence and intimidation."

The IEC is making a final urgent appeal to voters to use the last hours of the registration weekend to ensuring they vote on 3 august.

Voting stations will remain open until 5pm today.