Protests flare up across SA as 2019 general elections get underway

Protests flare up across SA as 2019 general elections get underway

Election Day has kicked off with protests across South Africa. Several major townships have seen tyres and buildings torched as voters prepared to make their mark. It was feared that this would happen.

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South Africans have feared that protests could spoil Election Day or even cause damage, and it seems these fears have been realised.

Across South Africa, protests have flared up in several major townships, according to a report by TimesLIVE.

The first reports of unease came from Cape Town. Khayelitsha residents closed off Swartklip Road, as well as Steve Biko Road. Poor service delivery is believed to be the reason for the protest.

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The Western Cape has also seen protests as Plettenberg residents took to the streets. The N2 has been affected and motorists are forced to find alternate routes.

Briefly.co.za gathered that protests have also flared up in Durban. They started in Umlazi on Tuesday and continued into Wednesday morning.

It is believed that the unrest in Durban is the most serious. Two community halls marked as voting stations have been torched.

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A report by eNCA indicates that police have opened fire on residents of Holpan in the Northern Cape, shooting rubber bullets at them.

This came after residents tried to prevent voters from going to voting stations to make their votes. Police presence is now heavy in the area.

Some of eNCA's journalists and staff were hit by rocks during the chaotic incident.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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