Five arrested in North West protest

“In Botsalano village, the community members were throwing stones at police on the main gravel road between Morokweng and Morokwaneng. There was no damage to polling stations,” said Ngubane.

The protests took place between 10pm and just after midnight and extra police were deployed to contain the situation, which included the placing of burning tyres on roads.

Protests such as the one in Botsalano have been a feature in many towns in the run up to the local government elections as residents highlight their demands from councillors.

Ngubane said that otherwise, the province was doing “very fine” for the elections.

“We can safely say the province of North West is secured in terms of security forces.”

In the Brits and Madibeng areas, voting got off to a slow start.

There were between 20 and 30 people at the town hall in Brits.

Dr Tumelontle Thiba, the North West provincial electoral officer, said things were fine but that there had been a report of a disruption in Taung.

There had been a disruption by the community and although further details were not immediately known, it was being dealt with.

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