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Freedom Park residents vow to guard voting station after arson attack

The IEC replaced the destroyed tents in Freedom Park, and says it’s deployed additional security to the area.

IEC Officials rebuilding a tent that was burnt during protests in Soweto last night. Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Residents in Freedom Park say they have taken charge of their community and will make their mark tomorrow. They also say they will spend the whole day and night protecting voting stations from being damaged.

Two Independent Electoral Commissions (IEC) tents were set alight last night during a service delivery protest.

Community members say they have been demonstrating because of electricity cuts.

They say they know the importance of voting, but feel they had no choice but to resort to violence because government was not taking their concerns seriously.

A man in the area says he will be standing next to the voting station in the Siyaya Section, to make sure that nothing goes wrong.

"Tomorrow we will vote, no matter what. We will spend the whole night guarding this tent."

His friend says he will do the same.

"We will camp out here until tomorrow. We will be the first to vote and then manage the queue."

The IEC has replaced the destroyed tents, and says it's deployed additional security to the area.

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