Zululand voters turn out in style

By Drum Digital
07 May 2014

The people of northern KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday put on their party glad-rags, in a colourful celebration of Election Day 2014.

Although the three main political parties in Zululand had fought an often bitter campaign – even marked by violence and death in certain areas – the people of northern KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday put on their party glad-rags, in a colourful celebration of Election Day 2014.

ANC supporters donned party T-shirts sporting leaders such as President Jacob Zuma or Chris Hani. IFP supporters swirled in colourful Shenge cloths, or T-shirts bearing the image of their revered, long-time leader, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The new kid on the block, the National Freedom Party which was formed in 2011, also chose as their image the face of their leader Zanele ka Magwaza-Msibi.

Nkandla Municipality is a huge, sprawling place of nearly 2000 square kilometres, and home to only around 115 000 people. Polling stations were far apart and deeply rural, but many were dotted along the main road running from Nkandla, through Kataza and on to Ulundi.

Along the road, parties had set up campaign booths. Opposing party members taunted each other with cavalcade drive-bys, hooting and shouting at the opposition groupings - to be met with tit-for-tat taunts and jeers. But it was all in good spirit.

All those interviewed were convinced their party would win. All of them thought their vote would count. And all valued the right to vote. - Vivien Sandt

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