National 3.8.2016 06:40 pm

IEC ‘unaware’ of KZN panga attack

Picture: Michel Bega

Picture: Michel Bega

The ANC has condemned a possible case of attempted murder of someone in a voting queue as a ‘dastardly deed’.

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said it had received no reports of intimidation or violence in KwaZulu-Natal on election day, but that strong winds had resulted in tents blowing down at several voting stations on Wednesday.

IEC provincial chairman Mawethu Mosery was speaking at the International Convention Centre’s election centre in Durban on Wednesday afternoon.

“We have received no threats of violence or intimidation,” he said.

However, the ANC released a statement saying it condemned a “panga attack” on a voter in oPhongolo (far northern Zululand area).

“It is alleged that the perpetrator walked up to the victim who was awaiting his turn in the queue to cast his vote and hacked him on the upper body before fleeing the scene. The victim was taken to hospital where he is in a critical but stable condition. The reason for the attack was not immediately apparent,” said the statement.

The ANC called on the police “to move swiftly and arrest the perpetrator of the dastardly deed, whose identity is known to the local community”.

Earlier on Wednesday, the party issued a statement condemning an anonymous letter that it said was circulating in the Nkandla area.

“[We are deeply concerned about] an anonymous letter circulating in the Nkandla area targeting young voters with threatening messages likely to deter them from exercising their voting right,” the ANC said in a statement.

“The message threatens young people with violence if they don’t stay away from voting stations and argues they should concern themselves with education matters. The letter further warns that any young person voting today is being watched and will be targeted.

“The ANC has asked the police to investigate the source of this letter, which is also spreading on social media.”

Mosery said he had had no reports of either incident. With regards to the panga attack, he said that this was a criminal incident and should be reported to police.

Nkandla is home to president Jacob Zuma, who cast his vote there on Wednesday morning.

The Nkandla Local Municipality is Inkatha Freedom Party-controlled and has been since a by-election in 2012.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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