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Voter registration: ANC roped in to help in Mbekweni

Some leaders had to be roped in to placate disgruntled Mbekweni residents outside Paarl.

FILE. Disgruntled residents ransacked several registration points, resulting in their closure. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some Western Cape African National Congress (ANC) leaders had to be roped in to placate disgruntled Mbekweni residents outside Paarl who threatened to disrupt the voter registration process for a second day yesterday.

Embattled provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs yesterday met with community leaders, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials and residents following violent protests on Saturday.

Disgruntled residents ransacked several registration points, resulting in their closure.

The voter registration process was marred by protests in Mbekweni on Saturday when angry residents torched two registration tents and threatened IEC staff.

Community members cited several issues relating to service delivery as their main concerns.

"Electricity, sanitation and water; those are the most important areas."

All the registration points were, however, fully functional yesterday.

Some Mbekweni residents have vowed to continue protest action until the Drakenstein Municipality meets their demands.

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