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Archbishop Makgoba calls on clerics calm election day protests

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is leading an observer group to Siqalo on Wednesday morning to observe voting.

Debris from an early morning protest along Swartklip Road, Khayelitsha on 8 May 2019. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - One of the key election observer missions is planning to visit Siqalo on Wednesday morning to observe voting.

It's been at the epicenter of violent protests ahead of the polls. Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is leading an observer group.

“We’re going to Siqalo where there are usually tensions. We will take notes, speak to the people and call the relevant authorities.”

Makgoba said they’ve noted protests in the Southern Cape overnight that led to the closure of parts of the N2.
He added they reached out to local clerics to ask them to speak to protesters.

“They need to go to the N2 to establish the causes. If they can use the talking cure, talk to them to find out the reasons so that people can vote.”

The Ecoc Observer Mission is one of dozens that will be watching the polls and judging the freedom and fairness of the process.

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