Minister Des van Rooyen condemns the violent protests during voter registrations

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, says he condemns incidents of violent protest across the country that took place during the weekend while the IEC voter registrations were taking place.

In different media reports people said they were using the opportunity to voice their issues.

Xolani Gwala asked van Rooyen, how his department will address the issue.

I think the IEC did stunning work. I also commend all South Africans who came out in the numbers. But at the same time I must indicate our concern about voting districts which were closed as a result of protests by some of our people. As much as we agree Xolani, that some of the concerns are genuine, but we can't condone a situation where concerns of protests are used now to deny our people their democratic right.

Des van Rooyen, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

As we're speaking now, we're waiting for a full report from all the affected areas as to how are they going to deal with concerns raised, and how are we going to help them as Cogta.

Des van Rooyen, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Speaking on the Afternoon Drive, van Rooyen said "it's hectic", as he is in the Nelson Mandela Bay intervening, in order to assist the municipality and the leadership to turn things around.

Xolani then asked the minister why did he decide to intervene in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality now because the issue has been reported for a while.

We're speaking of a historical fact that there were problems in this municipality, and we will continue to assist this municipality. It's not because of elections.

Des van Rooyen, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

There are no politics that are guiding our intervention. Our intervention was mainly guided by the performance of the municipality. This has nothing to do with DA politicking or opposition. It has to do with inefficiency of the municipality in providing services to our people.

Des van Rooyen, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

We need to know how the municipalities are responding to these issues and from there let's get to understand the dynamics involved in the provision of the services. We want to know how far the process of addressing this from respective municipalities, and why those problems are not yet addressed.

Des van Rooyen, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

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