National 2.8.2016 04:10 pm

Freedom Park residents burn down two IEC tents

It's almost time to cast votes. Photo: Zululand Observer

It's almost time to cast votes. Photo: Zululand Observer

Freedom Park residents set alight two Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) voting tents over power cuts in community.

Freedom Park residents in Soweto have reportedly set alight two Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) voting tents overnight in the area, EWN reports.

The community, located south of Johannesburg, has apparently been without electricity for weeks and wanted to get the government’s attention in the lead-up to tomorrow’s municipal elections. IEC officials were reported to be erecting another tent in the Siyaya Section of Freedom Park.

Earlier this morning police said a case of arson has been opened, and no injuries or arrests have been reported.

Gauteng police’s Noxolo Kweza told the broadcaster there were no clear reasons why election infrastructure was targeted. “That’s going to form part and parcel of our investigation. It would be difficult for us to say why they would specially target the IEC tents,” she said.

 

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