Violence marred early Thursday morning voting in Athlone, Cape Town, after a member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) was reportedly shot by unknown men.
The police officer was attacked while on duty at the voting station. According to the Western Cape police, the victim was accosted by four suspects; who subsequently shot him and fled with his pistol.
As gathered, the suspects descended on the sergeant around 02:00, on the corner of Lawrence Road and Pliny street. After the attack, the hoodlums vamoosed in a silver Toyota Avanza.
However, Lieutenant Colonel André Traut says the victim is currently in a stable condition following the timely intervention of medical personnel in a nearby hospital.
He said the mission of the suspects failed to pull through as all voting-related proceedings in Athlone, Cape Town had already been concluded before the time of attack.
Voting across many stations in the country has been relatively peaceful except for few hotspots like East London where some aggrieved individuals burnt tyres in an effort to disrupt voting in Cambridge township.
Violence also broke out in Kwa-Zulu Natal after electoral staffers were dismissed. Police sources say some men have been deployed to handle sporadic unrest in Ladysmith on the province’s central escarpment, and in Chatsworth in Durban.
In Chatsworth, some residents from Bottlebrush informal settlement, near Croftdene were caught pelting stones at vehicles plying the link road from the Higginson Highway in a protest over piped water.
However, peace was restored after riot police and crowd management officers took over the area.
In another tragic incident, an ANC supporters was reportedly slashed with panga on Wednesday. As gathered, the unidentified supporter was accosted by a man outside a polling station in Pongola‚ northern KwaZulu-Natal.
As related in a statement issued by the ANC on Wednesday; the victim was hacked while he queued up for his turn at the polling unit. The perpetrator later took to his heels after accomplishing his mission.
ANC spokesman, Mdumiseni Ntuli, however disclosed that the victim has been taken to hospital where he is in a critical but stable condition.