Polokwane – Eight people were arrested by the police at the weekend for trying to prevent people from registering to vote at the Masemola Tribal Office in Sekhukhune District, Limpopo.
The suspects aged between 27 and 43 allegedly blocked and intimidated other community members who were going into the registration point.
The suspects were also accused of threatening party agents.
The incident took place at about 10:00 on Sunday.
Limpopo SA Police Service (SAPS) Spokesperson Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba said police were alerted about the incident and they “quickly responded”.
Brigadier Mashaba added: “On arrival, a group of men and women were identified by the Ward Councilor”.
A case of intimidation was opened at the police station resulting in the arrest of the suspects – three women and five men.
They will appear before Nebo Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 20 November 2023.
Police investigations were continuing.
Commenting on the matter, Limpopo SAPS Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe said: “We commend our officers for ensuring a peaceful registration process in the Province.
“Ours was to ensure a safe and secure environment for eligible community members who wanted to register to vote.
“An integrated approach ensured smooth sharing of information and gathering intelligence on the ground, thus ensuring a safe and efficient registration weekend.”