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Calm restored in KwaDambuza where clashes broke out between EFF and ANC members
19 September 2021, 3:17 PM

Situation is now calm at the Sakhamuzi Community Hall voting station in KwaDambuza area outside Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. This follows a clash between ANC and EFF members.  

The clash started when EFF leader Julius Malema arrived to monitor voter’s registration.  

As ANC members tried to prevent Malema from getting inside the voting station EFF members also pushed through resulting in the gates falling down.  

As the clashes ensued police were no where to be found.  

After Malema left the voting station a van of heavily armed police eventually arrived.  

The voting station is still opened and but ANC and EFF members have left. 

Malema has vowed to lodge a complaint with the IEC about an incident that happened in KwaDambuza in Pietermaritzburg.

LGE 2021 | EFF vs ANC scuffle – EFF to file a complaint with IEC:

ANC convener in the Moses Mabhida Region, Thulani Xulu, says the party will not condone any form of political intolerance from its members as parties prepare for the local government elections.  
 
“If there is any debacle involving the ANC, we do not condone any of those but also, we do not want to find certain political organisations who want to grab the stand and use the name of the ANC on their benefit. We cannot accept that. If anyone does that in the name of the ANC it doesn’t represent the ANC.” 

Meanwhile, the mood at some voter registration stations at Chatsworth south of Durban is jovial despite the low number of youth registering

Presiding Officers say most tech-savvy young South Africans are choosing to register online rather than physically check their status as a registration station.  

SABC News Reporter, Tashlan Naidoo reports from Ward 71 which was a hotspot during the July Riots.

“I am at the Shallcross Community Hall Ward 71. It services Crossmore, Bottlebrush and a large part of Shallcross. It’s very lively at the moment, but not with new registartions or check-ins, there are a lot of political parties – the DA, the ANC, the EFF, out here playing music. They are having good fun in the sun, but it has been quite slow this weekend.” 

BREAKING: Newly-elected Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo killed in a car accident
18 September 2021, 9:22 PM
Newly-elected Johannesburg Executive Mayor Jolidee Matongo is no more. The executive mayor of Johannesburg passed away this evening in car accident.

Matongo was part of an ANC elections program in Soweto encouraging residents to go and register to vote.

Circumstances around the accident that the mayor was involved in are not yet clear.

The ANC REC and RWC member was elected as mayor following the passing of Geoff Makhubo due to COVID-19 complications.

City of Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo killed in a car crash:

Meanwhile, Soweto residents have urged ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently restore electricity in some parts of the township. The president was leading the governing party’s campaign trail in the areas. 

At the Nomzamo informal settlement, residents have been without electricity for over two years while in areas like Chiawelo and Naledi some residents have been in the dark for over two months. They say power outage in the township is also compounded by blown up substations and cable theft.

Ramaphosa says it was worth it to hear people’s frustrations and promised Eskom will soon address the problem. 

LGE 2021 | Ramaphosa promises to deal with the electricity problems in Soweto:
IEC pleased with registration of 488 670 voters at 23 151 voting stations on Day 1
18 September 2021, 9:00 PM

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is pleased with how Day 1 of the registration weekend went. Thousands of potential voters visited voting stations across the country to register to vote in the upcoming local government elections to be held in November this year.

The IEC says at close of registration on Saturday, a total number of 488 670 had registered at our 23 151 voting stations for the forthcoming municipal elections.  

And on Sunday, it expects more people to take advantage of this opportunity and register to vote.  

The IEC has also appealed to South Africans to also use the online registration tool, which will be open until midnight on Monday.

The IEC admits that there were a few glitches at some voting stations today, but that will be sorted out on Sunday as the registration period continues.
LGE 2021 | Voter registration weekend wrap-Day 1:

The IEC in KwaZulu-Natal says community protests resulted in three voting stations being closed for the entire day on Saturday. The affected voting stations are in Msunduzi municipality’s Ward 15.  

IEC KZN Electoral Operations Manager Ntombifuthi Masinga says they were not able to open and operate on the first day of the voter registration. 

The Electoral Commission in the North West says it’s hoping that Sunday’s voter registration process will not be disrupted like it was on Saturday.  

Eight registration stations in the province did not open, due to protests. This as residents were protesting against poor service delivery.  

IEC officials were barred from entering voter registration stations.  

At some stations, police had to intervene. 

LGE 2021 | Some stations closed due to service delivery issues in the North West: IEC

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has registered his name on the IEC voters list in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Holomisa has urged people to vote wisely if they want to end fraud and corruption in the OR Tambo Region.  

He says the ruling party should not use the past apartheid government as an excuse when they fail to deliver.  

Holomisa says the level of poverty, unemployment and inequality is propelled by corrupt activities even at the local sphere of government.

“That is precisely why because at OR Tambo District Municipality, you ended up having two mayors and two speakers from the ruling party in this country. That chaos must never happen again. So, the voters of te OR Tambo region must make sure that they spread the power amongst the political party that will be participating here.” 

IEC in North West optimistic second day of voter registration will run smoother
18 September 2021, 8:35 PM

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the North West says it’s optimistic that the second day of voter registration in the province will run smoothly. This as eight of the registration stations could not be opened due to community protests on Saturday.  

It’s reported that communities were demanding the delivery of basic services and not being hired by the IEC.  

The affected areas include amongst others, Taung, Goedgevonden near Ventersdorp, Matlhonyane village in Mahikeng and Rustenburg.

“What we are complaining about is improper roads. We are not getting services in our village. We don’t have electricity even water. I did not even register because even if we do, especially after voting for a councillor, we will only see him during the next elections,” says one resident.

“I want to see changes in our area. At least, they must be built us a library, so that we can access many things such as information and a local clinic,” says another.

During his interaction with some of the communities, ANC NEC member deployed in the North West, Obed Bapela, acknowledged the challenges communities are facing. He has, however, pleaded with them not to punish the ANC and give them another chance to lead.    

“My plea to the voters is that don’t punish the ANC. Yes, there are other voters that are saying we will not vote because service delivery has not improved. We will be looking at those particular issues. We did look at state of local government nationally. Indeed, there are a quite a number of challenges. That is why we are embarking on skills also to be brought in, so that a new crop of councillors will be at different crop that will then begin to focus on service delivery and nothing else.”

Meanwhile, the IEC in the province says it is optimistic that Sunday’s registration process will run smoothly. 

IEC Provincial Electoral Officer, is Dr Tumelontle Thiba says, “I am definitely optimistic, given the fact that it was only eight of our stations that were delayed yesterday. And out of the eight, only three remained closed. This morning we hope that everything will go according to plan. We are negotiating with those who might still have reservations about allowing us to work in villages and townships and we hope that we will improve our functioning today.”

LGE 2021 | Voter registration weekend wrap-Day 1:

Call for youth to take advantage of voter registration weekend
18 September 2021, 6:45 PM

Parties are calling on the youth to make use of this weekend’s voter registration process. One SA Movement says this local government election is about citizens taking back their power. 
 
The movement leader, Mmusi Maimane, says the movement is supporting a number of independent candidates across the country and in the metro. 
  
“One Movement for Cape Town will be representing about 25 wards and communities, particularly communities like MfuleniLanga, Khayelitsha, communities all across that we feel its important that we bring development to those communities. So, they are standing under One Movement, so we have got both the ward representation and the PR representation that must be brought on board and we are doing this all across the country and I’m so grateful that citizens are taking back their power. 
 
The Al Jama-ah party, which currently holds two seats in the city council, hopes to increase its support base in the metro. 
 
Candidates are also looking to young and firsttime voters to consider the party as a viable option.  
 
In Nomzamo, in Strand, the African Freedom Revolution, has launched its provincial manifesto. 
 
Its Provincial Chairperson, Zola Xaki says abolishing the tender system and the scrapping of historic water and electricity debt are among the election promises. 
 
“If we can be given a chance to be part of government, as the AFR, we want to abolish the water tariff system. We want to address a water national crisis. We will abolish the tender system and employ communities at the municipality and support business entrepreunership, ensure 99% local employment for that particular municipality. We will remove water and electricity previous, historical debt and install a new easy and reliable system. 
 
The IEC says it has a few challenges like windy conditions impacting a temporary structure in Paarl, but that its managed to open all 1 577 voting stations across the province today.  

LGE 2021 | Low turnout of eligible voters to register in Sekhuhune, Limpopo:

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