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Soweto residents torch IEC tents over power cuts

Freedom Park residents say they resorted to protesting to get government’s attention.

IEC officials rebuild a tent that was burnt during protests in Freedom Park last night. Masego Rahlaga/EWN

SOWETO - Residents of Freedom Park in Soweto say they decided to burn down voting stations because they have been without electricity for weeks, and needed to get the government's attention.

Two Independent Electoral Commission(IEC) tents were set alight last night.

No injuries or arrests have been reported.

IEC officials are currently erecting another tent in the Siyaya Section of Freedom Park.

A man in the area says although he does not condone the burning of the tents, he does support the protest.

"In this part of Soweto, government does not care. We have no geysers and no electricity, so the youth just decided they must do something about."

He says the fact that electricity was restored just minutes after last night's demonstration began, proves that residents have to resort to violence in order to be heard.

"Before we get services, we have to put up a fight in the township."

However, residents here also say they will be casting their votes tomorrow.

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