1 ID scanner, 7 000 voters

2011-05-18 12:44

Pretoria - A voting station in Nellmapius, Pretoria, had one ID scanner for about 7 000 voters, resulting in a queue about a kilometre long on Wednesday morning.

Presiding officer at the Nellmapius Primary School Tony Sibayi said it was a struggle to deal with such a big voting area with only one ID scanner.

The Independent Electoral Commission had told Sibayi to continue without scanning some voters' identity documents. This meant election officers had to individually check the names against the voters' roll.

As a result of the large roll, some people had started queuing at 03:00.

Some people complained about the elderly not having made use of special votes earlier in the week.

"They come in taxis and push into the lines," said 40 year-old Susan Jafta.

"They should have cast their votes earlier."

Among the first to cast his vote at Vukuzenzele Primary School was Junior Motswako, who arrived at 05:00.

"I am voting to make a community change, like giving homes to people."

The aspiring motor mechanic said the people in his community were suffering, and he hoped his vote would make a positive change.

Most of the voters in the Nellmapius area listed unemployment as an issue they wanted their leaders to address.

Nelly Morake from Mamelodi was overjoyed to cast her vote.

"I was given a house and I hope for more service to be delivered to our community," the 57 year-old said.

Not far from the Gatang High School voting station, in Mamelodi East, lies an informal settlement. People in the area were voting to get basic services delivered.

One resident, Cobra Mazuso, believed the youth should stop "resting on their laurels" and be active in bringing change to their lives. Mazuso said even though he had voted in every election since democracy, it never lost its excitement.

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