KZN police deployed to areas prone to protests as special voting gets underway

Durban police have been monitoring areas prone to service delivery protests as special voting get underway in KwaZulu-Natal.

Demonstrations are said to have erupted in Umlazi earlier on Monday but have now been contained.

Eyewitness News reporter Nthakoana Ngatane says the Ethekwini municipality in the city centre and the city hall have been under watch.

They had armoured vehicles around city hall, where there is a voting station.

Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - EWN

This is throughout the province. You have a situation where both the IEC and the SAPS are looking at this as one of the major challenges the province will face going into special voting today and tomorrow.

Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - EWN

They tell us they have identified the threats and they are deploying in such a way that wherever more police are needed, they are doing exactly that.

Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - EWN

Ngatane says while voting has gone smoothly, the special voting process still runs the risk of being affected by protests.

If you look at the actual numbers, you are looking at more than 100 000 voters who have been approved for special voting in KwaZulu-Natal, 70 000 are home visits and only 30 000 are expected to go to voting stations.

Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - EWN

The service delivery protests will affect the IEC officials going to people's homes. It might even have an impact on the voter turnout as it is. The IEC is appealing to people to take people who will not get their home visits to voting stations on Wednesday.

Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - EWN

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Meanwhile some voters in Soweto, Gauteng have been turned back from the Khuthala Primary School, where special voting was to have taken place today.

Science and Technology MinisterMamoloko Kubayi -Ngubane managed to cast her vote at the school.

Eyewitness News reporter Kgomotso Modise was there. She says some voters found that their names were not on the list.

That was just one of the challenges. The second challenge was, there was a misunderstanding this morning around whether special votes were for house visits only or whether people can walk into the stations.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

It seems some of the IEC officials had been incorrectly trained and told that special votes were only for house visits. It has smoothed out right now as the afternoon progresses, an hour away from the closing of the stations.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

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