Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Bekkersdal voting stations petrol bombed

Petrol bombs were thrown at two voter registration stations in Bekkersdal on the West Rand on Saturday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said. "The most serious incident of protest action is reported in Bekkersdal… where two voting stations had to be closed after opening on schedule today when petrol bombs were thrown at them and registration staff were threatened," the IEC said in a statement.

Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng could not immediately confirm that petrol bombs were thrown, but described the situation in Bekkersdal as "tense".

"There is a group of people throwing stones and marching, we are monitoring the situation." A number of people were arrested in the area on Saturday, but it was not immediately clear how many arrests had been made.

Mofokeng could also not immediately comment on reports that the Red Ants security force had been deployed at Bekkersdal. The SABC reported that "scores" of people were injured when residents clashed with the Red Ants in Bekkersdal. South African Communist Party Gauteng spokesman Lucian Segami condemned the deployment of the controversial security force.

"We are deeply shocked by the deliberate deployment of the Red Ants, given their inhumane track record and profile of treating working class and poor people with disdain and contempt." The party called on Bekkersdal community leaders and residents not to be provoked, and questioned who was responsible for deploying the Red Ants.

"The SACP demands an urgent investigation of those who authorised the deployment of the Red Ants and for such people to be held responsible for this deliberate provocative act and for the violence that broke out in Bekkersdal." Bekkersdal has been the site of protests over service delivery and other issues since last year, resulting in damage amounting to around R11.2-million. – Sapa

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Sapa
Guest Author

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

Basic web lessons for South Africa: Government hacks point to...

Recent cyberattacks at the department of justice and the space agency highlight the extent of our naïveté

If the inflation-driving supply strain in the US lasts, it...

In South Africa, a strong trade surplus, buoyed by robust commodity prices, will cushion our economy against pressure arising from US policy

More top stories

Ramaphosa hits the right notes as he urges Cosatu to...

Cosatu meets to deliberate on its support for the governing party in the upcoming local government elections

DA insists IEC favoured the ANC after Constitutional Court dismisses...

The apex court’s dismissal of the Democratic Alliance’s application to declare reopening candidate registration unlawful came as no surprise

‘Factional’ ANC Veterans League chastised by Motlanthe

ANC Limpopo leaders called on the election committee to change the candidate lists in favour of Ramaphosa faction days before Motlanthe’s report on factions in the party

Sisters pave the way with ecobricks

The durable bricks are made from 30% recycled plastic, some of which they collect from a network of 50 waste pickers
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×