Army deployed to Vuwani ahead of elections, a first for SA

Vuwani residents remain resolute to boycott elections by protesting against their inclusion into the Malamulele District.

Earlier this year, more than 20 schools were burned and vandalised after residents took to the streets in violent protest. Police were deployed to the area to restore calm.

702's John Robbie spoke to Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, regarding contingency plans ahead of Wednesday's elections.

It will be the first time in South African history where the army will be deployed to voting stations.

Listen to the interview below:

Van Rooyen noted that some residents (known as the Pro-Makhado Forum) refused to take part in the negotiations and have threatened to disrupt the elections. He said the group is hell-bent on derailing the democratic processes.

We have decided that we have a safe environment for the IEC to conduct free and fair elections in the area.

Des van Rooyen, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
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