Security is tight around polling stations across the country. In Gauteng, which has seen numerous service delivery protests and threats of election boycotts in the run up to Wednesday’s polls, police have been put on high alert for any eventuality.
Gauteng police say they are ready for any eventuality during elections including possible security breaches.
Political analyst, Dr Sethulego Matebesi, says it is unfortunate that the plight of many communities around the country is only taken seriously during election season.
Community leaders in Bekkersdal west of Johannesburg have blamed criminal elements for the looting of shops belonging to foreign nationals during Wednesday’s community protest.
Rand West Member of the Mayoral Committee for Water, Sanitation and Energy, Dumile Sithole, says plans for the electrification of all informal settlements in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, are at an advanced stage.