Friendly Atmosphere: Some light flirting amongst parties in the Vulindela area

2011-05-19 00:00

THE polling station halfway up a hill in Vulindela was not only functional, but it was also a decorated meeting place for the local community.

The Apostolic Faith Mission — with a view over the surrounding valley — made sure that the hall looked its best with all the tables at which the election officials sit covered in tablecloths — and not just plain white sheets, but intricate lace cloths. Even the plastic chairs for the police officers outside had a rose pattern pressed into their backs.

The polling station had already seen 110 voters by 9.30 am, and expected another 1 400 by the end of the day. Presiding officer, Fune Ngcobo, said that the voters would arrive later in the day. “In the afternoons they come in numbers,” said Ngcobo.

On the other side of the church’s fence, an assortment of political parties gathered. The ANC brought their bakkies and posters, and the NFP their sound system — impressing all music-loving youngsters.

Despite the different parties present, all seemed on friendly terms, stopping to say hello. And many did more than just that, obviously unable to pass up the opportunity for a little bit of light flirting. Even a man carrying his yellow and black vuvuzela, extended by an extra metre, waved hello.

The welcoming atmosphere extended to the mission’s pastor, who doled out hugs to those leaving. After receiving one of those huge, bear hugs that sent the air whooshing out of the voters, they were wished well on their travels, no doubt to guard against the numerous cows which refused to obey the rules of the road, the steep mountain pass and the level crossing that had no signs.

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