SHOW TIME FOR POLITICAL PARTIES
By: Siphephelo Sibiya
Political parties have been campaigning for months now, and it was about time for the nation as a whole to go and vote for the party they think is right for the presidential place.
“I came here as early as I could, but still there were people who were already here,” said Dimpho Kortjass. Kortjass also said that people were carrying blankets and winter jackets because the weather was a bit chilly.
When the gates finally opened at the Saint Clements Catholic Church in Clermont, the IEC workers selected people who appeared to be above 55 years and started assisting them first with their voting. Amongst those who were left in long queues were the “born frees” who were there to vote for the first time.
“I can’t wait to cast my first ever vote. This is my turn as a born free to use the right that was given to me by those who gave their lives so that all South Africans can be free and get the right to vote,” said the excited MandyMoeti. She also added that she is happy to see that she is not the only born free who is exercising her right to vote.
“Born-Frees” were the highlight of the day, but there were also other ordinary South African citizens who were there to vote. “As a parent I’m happy to see so many young South Africans exercising their right to vote. The only thing concerning me is that I don’t trust these kids because they can play with their votes and use them to vote for these new-born parties,” said Barbara Cele.
Voting continued until late in the evening. The job was over for the voters who headed straight back to their homes. IEC officials continue to count the votes.