Arrests climb to 21 after North West special vote violence

Twenty-one people have been arrested for torching an IEC officer’s car and disrupting special voting in Ganyesa, North West.
Twenty-one people have been arrested for torching an IEC officer’s car and disrupting special voting in Ganyesa, North West.
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Twenty-one people have been arrested for torching an Electoral Commission presiding officer’s car and disrupting special voting in Ganyesa, North West, police said on Wednesday.

Police spokesman Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the suspects, aged between 17 and 41, were arrested in Mmadinonyane village near Ganyesa on Monday.

“According to information available at this stage, reports suggest that the area manager and another official were driving separately in their vehicles, of which one was loaded with IEC voting material.

“They were allegedly stopped by members of the community, who robbed the pair of their cellphones before setting the two vehicles alight, both of which were damaged as a result,” he said.

He said disgruntled community members damaged the voting material and had pelted the police van with stones.

Ten women and 11 men were arrested and charged with contravening the Electoral Act, malicious damage to property and robbery.

They are expected to appear in court on Thursday.

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