No arrests after registration weekend disruptions

Officials closed stations in Mbekweni and Mossel Bay after disgruntled ransacked registration points.

IEC officials during voter registration weekend. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape says no arrests have been made after several voter registration points were destroyed at the weekend.

Officials closed stations in Mbekweni and Mossel Bay on Saturday after disgruntled residents ransacked registration points and torched at least two tents.

But despite a few flash points, IEC provincial head Courtney Sampson has described the final registration weekend as a success.

"The way in which people responded and the way in which the IEC staff did what they needed to do; we are very proud of that. We did have to deal with some community protests in Mbekweni for example. We are making sure that there is a follow up on what transpired there, in terms of arrests, but overall it was a good weekend for us."

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