Jun 22, 2024

Ziniko Mhlaba | Newzroom Afrika journalist released after Arrest

Ziniko Mhlaba

Just as much as the IEC ship was floating a little smoothly to its destination quarrels were seen in many polls.

A Newzroom Afrika reporter Ziniko Mhlaba was arrested while live reporting in one of the voting stations in Soweto Johannesburg by the SAPS after being removed inside the voting station by force along with his colleagues and the camera operator. Chaos erupted between the news reporter, voters and the SAPS as the police were preventing him to cover the elections.

Ziniko Mhlaba was released after a while just after and IEC official spoke to the police to release the journalist. In result to the arrest, Mhlaba revealed to the media the injuries he sustained from the alleged assault, he showed the injury result of what the handcuffs did to his wrist.

The IEC has revealed that 19 polling stations in the Eastern cape Failed to open along with several of them in the Free State because of an unrest, 20 in the KZN opened late due to unrest. Mamabolo said the IEC is happy with how the voting has been going and that they can confirm that ballot papers will not run out. He added on to say they are taking correct action against negligent found on staff.

Further arrests were made throughout, a police officer who was witnessed tempering with a sealed ballot box, a voter who attempted to enter the voting station wearing a T-shirt belonging to a party and a presiding officer who stuffed the ballot box. Mhlaba is expected open a case of assault against the officers who prevented him from covering an election.

Meanwhile in Seshego Julius Malema is witnessed standing in the sun in a very long queue along with his wife, awaiting to cast his vote. When offered an umbrella by one of the ANC members in the tents from outside, Malema refused to take it and continued to queue in the heat. Voting’s are still on going.