32 due in court after voter registration disruptions

Police arrested 32 people who face charges of public violence.

FILE: In Mthatha, protesters tried to shut down several voter registration stations. Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Thirty-two people accused of disrupting voter registration processes over the weekend will appear in court today.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) held its final registration drive at the weekend, ahead of the local government elections in August.

Police say the suspects face charges of public violence.

In Mthatha, protesters tried to shut down several voter registration stations.

And some residents in Ntabankulu dug trenches on a gravel road to prevent other community members from registering.

Police spokesperson Sibongile Soci said, "All the suspects will appear in the Ntabankulu Magistrates Court today on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property."

'EMPTY PROMISES'

Meanwhile in the Western Cape, prospective voters in the Boland say they won't be fooled by empty promises made by political parties ahead of the local municipal elections.

Outside Stellenbosch, Kayamandi resident Mzabanzo Ntcabeni voiced his scepticism about some political parties.

"You know elections are coming now the promises are being made. Every year they make promises, promises."

Another Kayamandi resident, Pretty Mcetywa, had some advice for politicians.

"I think they need therapy... that's what I want to say, they need therapy. They need to start pressuring people to vote for them."

Various political parties' posters were prominently displayed at various IEC registration centres in a last push to get communities in the Boland to register

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