by Lebo More MPL – DA Gauteng Constituency Head for Katlehong
The DA condemns the violence and intimidation against IEC presiding officers and residents that took place in Katlehong during the voter registration weekend.
Several roads were closed, cars damaged and two clinics were not able to operate due to a service delivery protest in the area over the installation of prepaid electricity meters.
This protest by the community once again shows that the ANC-led municipality cares little about the delivery of services to the residents of Ward 55.
Voting stations in Ncala, Ramokonopi, Mngadi, Radebe, Mokoena, Mnisi, Mofokeng, Sakhile and Mavimbela to name a few were forced to close due to violence. Thus, denying residents a chance to register to vote for Total Change in the 2019 general elections.
We cannot condone lawlessness and call on the South African Police Service (SAPS) to ensure that the rule of law is maintained in the area at all times, especially during voter registration weekends and election time.
The DA calls on the IEC to investigate this matter as several residents have been denied the right to register to vote and update their details on the voter’s roll.
Every citizen of voting age in this country has a right to register and vote in order to effect Total Change come 2019.