ANC members attacked while campaigning in Nelson Mandela Bay
Bheki Cele was on a door-to-door campaign in Kwazakhele when a group of people disrupted the walkabout.
CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee member Bheki Cele says the party is working to resolve disputes around election lists in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.
Cele has been in the Eastern Cape metro this week to speak to branches about concerns and to campaign ahead of the Local Government Elections next month.
A scuffle broke out while ANC members were going door-to-door in Kwazakhele earlier today. Cele was in a meeting with branch leaders at the time.
It's believed the group was an ANC faction angry that its choice for ward councillor was not on the party's election list.
Local businessman and ANC member Sinoxolo Gongxeka was there when the chaos erupted.
"We were busy with door-to-door campaigning when a bakkie carrying people wearing our T-shirts came out of nowhere, havoc ensued and I was physically attacked."
Cele says the situation has now calmed down.
"Let's all hope that it will be finalised. Today, as we left the programme there, those comrades were going to meet after the door-to-door to continue to finalise and resolve the matters."
IEC SPECIAL VOTES
Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says voters have until 5pm tomorrow to apply for special votes.
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Special votes are available to all who are registered including the disabled, the infirm, pregnant women as well as members of the security forces, election officials and the media.
The IEC says they're also open to anyone who is unable to visit their voting station on 3 August.
IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela says, "If someone misses the deadline, there's not much that we can do.
"Our officials will not allow anyone who does not have permission to cast a special vote. If you miss it, you're going to lose out on casting you ballot."