MPUMALANGA RESIDENTS DISRUPT BY ELECTION VOTER REGISTRATION

A crowd of about 100 people opposed to an upcoming by elections disrupted Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) officials from registering voters and damaged an IEC vehicle in rural Mpumalanga village on Sunday.
IEC provincial electoral officer Steven Ngwenya said residents damaged one IEC vehicle and another vehicle belonging to an ANC representative who was trying to intervene.
He however could not provide details of the damage to the vehicle.
Enca reports that the police arrived and took control of the situation.
Ngwenya told the African News Agency that the fracas broke out at Sihlange Primary School in Two-line Village near Sibuswa in the Dr JS Moroka local municipality.
When ANA arrived at the school on Sunday afternoon, a crowd of about 100 residents were still trying to force their way into the premises.
They were stopped by heavily armed police officers who held a long and heated discussion with them.
Ngwenya disclosed that the by elections would be held on March 8 following a court ruling Which set aside the election of ward 11 African National Congress councilor Charlie Skhosana, who was elected during the August 3 municipal elections last year.
He said the electoral court made the ruling after defeated independent candidate Lucas Mahlangu launched civil proceedings challenging the election result.
Enca

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