National 3.8.2016 11:25 am

Nearly 800 KZN voting stations opened late – IEC

Residents queue up to vote, 3 August 2016, at the Westbourne Oval in Nelson Mandela bay, Port Elizabeth, during the local government elections. Picture: Alaister Russell

Residents queue up to vote, 3 August 2016, at the Westbourne Oval in Nelson Mandela bay, Port Elizabeth, during the local government elections. Picture: Alaister Russell

No violence has been reported in traditional ‘hot spots’ such as Glebelands and KwaMashu.

According to the IEC, almost 800 voting stations in KwaZulu-Natal had not opened by 7am on Wednesday.

Speaking to the African News Agency (ANA) on Wednesday at its election centre in the International Convention Centre in Durban, the IEC’s provincial chairperson Mawethu Mosery said from 4 000 electronic reports received by 7am, 792 stations had not yet submitted their reports, indicating they were not open.

Voting was supposed to start at 7am nationwide.

“This could have been delays in the delivery of materials or staff that were late; we just didn’t have reports from those stations. We are now busy collating the information [at 9am] to find out the specific reasons why they did not open on time,” said Mawethu Mosery.

KwaZulu-Natal has 4 792 voting stations throughout the province.

Mosery said no problems had been recorded at any stations throughout the province overnight, and that meetings took place between the IEC and the police hourly.

More than 1 500 police have been deployed throughout the province to ensure peace and stability.

“We have a team that sits with the police throughout the day. Reports are relayed to us from the police [and vice versa], and if there are security related issues, police will make an intervention,” he said.

“Basically, reports from IEC stations all over the province have been good. Police have done a good job. In Ward One in Umzimkulu we heard a report early this morning that the community may be protesting, but police were there and voting started on time,” he said.

No violence had been reported in traditional “hot spots” Glebelands or KwaMashu either, he said.

“Glebelands has been an interesting scenario. I have received reports from officials in the area that people started queuing at 3am this morning. No violence has been reported there overnight,” said Mosery.

Glebelands, based in Umlazi, is a hostel complex where 62 people have reportedly been killed since 2014.

In April, ANC PR councillor Zodwa Sibiya was shot multiple times at her home in the hostel in front of her children.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has visited the hostel complex twice in the last six months. She started an investigation into the violence and allegations of a hit list in February. Her findings are to be released this week.

KwaZulu-Natal has 5 411 237 voters registered for the local elections. Nationwide, registered voters stand at 26 333 353.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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