As the polls open nationwide, protest action is high on the watch list for authorities and electoral officials.
Western Cape Independent Electoral Commission officials flagged protests and sporadic gang violence as threats to the poll.
In the past 12 hours those fears have been playing out, as parts of the N2 outside Plettenberg Bay were closed due to a protest.
Moreover, on Wednesday morning, protesters set tyres alight on Steve Biko Drive near Khayelitsha.
Amid concerns on gang violence and protests in the province, police officials have highlighted 41 hot spots. These areas have been categorised as mid-level threats. Additional police have been deployed to these areas.
Police have also been deployed in full force in Mitchells Plain following Tuesday’s violent protest in the area.