Parts of the eThekwini College in Durban CBD were damaged, and a vehicle was torched when residents, claiming that they were unable to vote, went on a rampage.
This happened shortly after the announcement of the results of the local elections on Thursday evening.
According to a report by the Daily Maverick, residents said they were angry that they were unable to cast votes in Monday’s local government election, despite having registered to do so.
Dalton Hostel Chairman Mthembiseni Thusi told the Daily Maverick that about 400 hostel residents had registered to vote, but their names were not available on the IEC’s system on 1 November.
“They are protesting because the IEC didn’t allow them to vote on Monday. The people who registered on 18 and 19 September did not appear on the voters’ roll. There were more than 400 who [weren’t captured on the system].
“The IEC area manager came to speak to the residents. I was part of the negotiations. I [told] the area manager that the community wanted to vote manually. But the IEC said they can’t do that. Then the people said ‘Okay, if you can’t do that, just close the voting station’. And that happened.”
Thusi said that “about 100 or 200” Dalton residents took to the streets on Thursday night.
Police could not yet provide more information on this.
The Independent Electoral Commission announced the 2021 Local Government Elections results on Thursday evening.
The ANC ended on a dismal 46% of the national vote – their lowest ever number in a democratic election. The DA has lost support since the last Local Elections in 2016, but their vote share is up marginally from the General Election two years ago. Meanwhile, the EFF was neither here nor there this time around, leading to a subdued outcome.
The DA has officially retained control of Cape Town, whereas Mangaung and Buffalo City proved to be plain sailing for the ANC. But that’s essentially where their dominance ends. Five of the remaining metros – including three in Gauteng – will have to be decided over coalition talks, after the reigning party lost thousands of votes across city municipalities.