‘Special’ voters want to see change >> see story on page 3 from page 1

2016-08-04 06:00
PHOTO: candyce krishna Martin Prince Hennesy, cast his vote.

PHOTO: candyce krishna Martin Prince Hennesy, cast his vote.

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SPECIAL votes were cast on Monday and Tuesday as IEC officials made their way to those who could not make it to the polls.

The first stop was the home of Velliamah­ Govender in Marburg who cast her sixth vote on Tuesday.

“I have been voting since the first democratic elections and I believe my vote will definitely make a change,” she said.

Govender said she would like to see a serious improvement in the health-care system, especially in local clinics.

“A better system has to be implemented so that the elderly don’t have to wait all day in long queues to collect medication,” said Govender.

Martin Prince Hennesy, who lives in Merlewood, said he has not missed an election since 1994.

“I want to see a better South Africa. Maybe I won’t get to reap the benefits, but future generations will,” he said.

Hennesy said he would like everyone to live in peace and unity.

“Free schooling will be great so that the youth have the opportunity to study and better their lives. I really hope to see an increase in the government pension amount. We are grateful for what we get, but it’s not enough for the elderly to survive,” he said.

Hennesy said he would like drug and alcohol abuse to stop in his area.

Voting stations in Gamalakhe did most of their special votes, home visits on Monday, however, one of the voting stations, Gamalakhe TVET College, had 43 home visits and only 10 were done on Monday.

Presiding officer Jabulile Msomi said one of the elderly women she saw was blind.

“We visited one elderly woman who could not see, but because she could hear I had to explain to her and list the parties for her to make her choice,” said Msomi.

She said on Tuesday 33 homes still had to be visited.

One of the elderly people visited on Tuesday was 98- year-old Landiwe Xolo of Bambayi, who, due to her sickness, was starting to lose her memory.

Xolo could not see well but was able to cast her vote.

She said she has voted for the same party from the first voting day in 1994, but could not remember how many times she had voted.

“I will always remain loyal to my party,” she said.

Party agents and IEC officials from Gamalakhe TVET continued with the home visits while other stations had finished and were busy with special votes.

Sylvia Madlala (73), said she is so loyal to her party.

“The only time I won’t vote is when I am six feet under. I know my vote counts and will always vote for my party,” she said.

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