THE May 7 election has been one of the most contested elections of the past 20 years, with the ANC expected to lose support.
THE troubled town of Sterkspruit, where more than 500 police officers were deployed to keep the peace, was fairly quiet yesterday as people cast their votes.
ANGRY residents of an Eastern Cape town have ordered businesses to shut and tyres to be burnt in the streets in their bid to halt elections tomorrow.
ANC heavyweight Gwede Mantashe was quickly surrounded by armed police officers when a rally took a volatile turn yesterday.
E Cape wants highest voter registration THE army was called to Sterkspruit at the weekend as the ruling party embarked on a last-minute bid to stave off voter registration protests.
MORE than 100 heavily armed police with water cannons and armoured vehicles were on high alert on Friday as residents burnt ANC T-shirts less than 100m from where premier Noxolo Kiviet addressed a small crowd.
A NUMBER of Eastern Cape government departments plan to leave Sterkspruit for Aliwal North 83km away due to the volatile situation in the town.
UNITED Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said he would help Sterkspruit residents take their dream of becoming a stand-alone municipality to the Constitutional Court.