North West premier and ANC provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo on Wednesday says peace and stability have been restored in Marikana, near Rustenburg.
“Today people are free, there is peace and stability; tolerance is bearing fruit. We must command people of Marikana,” he said.
Mahumapelo was accompanied by the Madibeng local municipality mayoral candidate Jostina Mothibe at Wonderkop in Marikana to visit the voting stations.
In 2014, the space was shut down to keep ANC from campaigning for the national and provincial election in Marikana after the deaths of 34 mineworkers in 2012.
They were shot dead by the police on August 16, 2012, following a wildcat strike. Lonmin mineworkers downed tools demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500. Forty-four people were killed during the strike, and 10, including two policemen and two Lonmin security guards, were killed a week leading up to August 16.
Mahumapelo said the ANC was confident of retaining its wards in the Madibeng and the Rustenburg local municipalities.
Voting in Wonderkop went well with isolated cases of voters being turned back because they were not registered to vote in Wonderkop.
Mahumapelo said there was a need of voter education to raise awareness that in the local government elections, voters were allowed to vote if they had registered as voters in that area.
He said the Madibeng and Rustenburg municipalities were working hard to provide water and electricity to residents in Marikana and Wonderkop.
“There are problems with water. That is being addressed, roads are being improved and electricity is also coming. We have a challenge that our people settle anywhere, and we cannot plan properly.”
After his visit at the voting station, Mahumapelo went over to the Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF) table to greet the party representatives, and he shook their hands.
“We are not fighting, we want service delivery,” shouted one woman dressed in a red EFF T-shirt as Mahumapelo greeted the party officials.
The ANC and EFF had set up tables opposite each other outside the voting station.
– African News Agency (ANA)