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CT ANC mayoral candidate raises alarm over township voter queues

Xolani Sotashe says he is worried that some voting stations in Philippi only opened two hours behind schedule.

ANC mayoral candidate in Cape Town, Xolani Sotashe, jokes with Alderman Anthea Serritslev of the DA at the IEC's provincial results centre on 3 August 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has raised the alarm over long queues building up at voting stations in Cape Town's township areas, including Khayelitsha and Philippi.

The ANC's mayoral candidate for Cape Town, Xolani Sotashe, says he's also worried that some voting stations in Philippi only opened two hours behind schedule.

Sotashe's earlier arrived at the IEC's Western Cape results centre at Century City.



He says he wants the IEC to take action.

"We have alerted the IEC to intervene because if you go to these affluent areas the queues are going very smoothly, no hiccups. But if you go to the African areas (sic), [there are] long queues, problems with scanners and so forth, and then we said, well - it can't be correct."

But Sotashe says that overall he's happy with ANC supporters' turnout - he believes the party will regain the wards it lost in the 2011 local government elections.