Ten nabbed for election-related crime in the Western Cape

Police in the Western Cape have made 10 arrests in connection with various offences related to the provincial and national elections, including a voter who attempted to vote twice on Wednesday.

In the 1,572 voting stations in the Western Cape, 49 were classified as high-risk.

The incidents included the removal of political party posters and a break-in and theft in an Electoral Commission (IEC) office. A 64-year-old voter who attempted to vote twice was also arrested on Wednesday.

In another incident, a political party member was arrested  for allegedly trying to access the premises where ballot papers were kept.

Party member to appear in court

Police spokesperson colonel Andrè Traut said the 50-year-old was released on a warning.

“Police were summoned to an IEC warehouse in Powrie Street, Mossel Bay. Individuals with political party regalia wanted to gain access to the premises where ballot papers are kept.

“Upon police arrival, a police officer was assaulted by one of the individuals during an altercation. The 50-year-old suspect was arrested for common assault. He will make his court appearance in Mossel Bay once he has been charged,” he said.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Thembisile Patekile said the arrests were made following the proclamation of the election date.

“Normal policing will continue to ensure visibility, this is in partnership with all the role players,” Patekile said.

Election results expected to be released on Sunday

Voting for the elections concluded on Wednesday evening. The IEC is expected to release the election results on Sunday.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the IEC, Sy Mamabolo, said the commission remains concerned about incidents of unlawful conduct.

“The commission remains concerned with incidents of unlawful conduct directed at its operations or against electoral officials.

“Accordingly, we urge all South Africans, including political party members and the public, to allow officials to carry out their responsibilities without hindrance,” he said.

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