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Police fire rubber bullets to disperse the crowd outside KZN voting station

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Nov 1, 2021

Police fired rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the crowd of people who were blocking the entrance of a voting station on Monday at Mistake Farm in KwaZulu-Natal.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY INCIDENTS REPORTED ON MONDAY

According to Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Grace Langa, police were escorting members of IEC to open the polling station.

“People were blocking the entrance and didn’t want to disperse. Port Shepstone POP reports the use of rubber bullets at Mistake Farm polling station.”

She said no injuries were reported.

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“We will be investigating discharge of firearms, and more details into why was IEC officials refused entry will be known once we start with our investigations.”

Meanwhile, earlier on Monday, a classroom was reportedly set alight in Mkhambathini municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

Police have been deployed to closely monitor the situation at the Ntobeko voting station in ward 2 of the Mkhambathini municipality.

The voting station is one of 128 in the province, which has been identified as high-risk after ongoing unrest by community members who have vowed not to vote unless their local chief is reinstated.

Inkhosi Skhosiphi Mdluli of the KwaNyavu Traditional Authority was removed by the provincial government after allegations of misconduct.

The IEC has said in KwaZulu-Natal, 20 voting stations did not open on time because of community protests on Monday. In Camperdown and Mdlothi. The stations have now opened in co-operation with the security service.

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In the Eastern Cape, 19 voting stations did not open because of community protests.

“In all incidents, communities dug trenches to deny Commission staff and voters access to the voting stations. The Commission, with the assistance of municipalities, was able to fill the trenches and anticipates that the voting stations will be open later today.”

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