South Africa

South Africa

2014 Elections: Voting for long-term change, in pictures

2014 Elections: Voting for long-term change, in pictures

The night before elections, Bekkersdal saw IEC tents being burned, which resulted in the arrest of a suspect by morning. But by voting day, residents were expressing their concerns through their ballots. Still, the police presence – and the threatening atmosphere in the air – was heavy. GREG NICOLSON took pictures.

20000101-IMG_1830.jpg

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele arrives at a Bekkersdal voting station to inspect the area, which has seen violent protests recently.

20000101-IMG_1852.jpg

IEC officials help Bekkersdal voters and give them barcodes for their ID books.

20000101-IMG_1860.jpg

A voting queue in Bekkersdal.

20000101-IMG_1928.jpg

Police are briefed in Bekkersdal. There was an enormous police presence in the area.

20140507-_MG_2432.jpg

The SAPS mounted unit prepare their horses in Bekkersdal, where they patrolled the area due to threats of protest action.

20140507-_MG_2435.jpg

Two police helicopters in Bekkersdal on election day.

20140507-_MG_2443.jpg

A man walks through the streets of Bekkersdal with a patrolling SANDF vehicle in front of him. DM

Main photo: In the East Rand’s Evergreen, called Gugulethu in the media recently, protestors wanted to prevent others from voting. The police threatened them with arrest and took their sign. Few people were seen in the local voting tent.

Gallery

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

X

This article is free to read.

Sign up for free or sign in to continue reading.

Unlike our competitors, we don’t force you to pay to read the news but we do need your email address to make your experience better.


Nearly there! Create a password to finish signing up with us:

Please enter your password or get a sign in link if you’ve forgotten

Open Sesame! Thanks for signing up.

We would like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick...

…but we are not going to force you to. Over 10 million users come to us each month for the news. We have not put it behind a paywall because the truth should not be a luxury.

Instead we ask our readers who can afford to contribute, even a small amount each month, to do so.

If you appreciate it and want to see us keep going then please consider contributing whatever you can.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

Become a Maverick Insider

This could have been a paywall

On another site this would have been a paywall. Maverick Insider keeps our content free for all.

Become an Insider
Elections24 Newsletter Banner

On May 29 2024, South Africans will make their mark in another way.

Get your exclusive, in-depth Election 2024 newsletter curated by Ferial Haffajee delivered straight to your inbox.