I don't want dikkop Zuma to come and ask for my vote – Eerste River voter

2016-08-03 11:46

Cape Town  Impromptu political debates and discussions about the freezing cold weather were among the conversations held in the voting queue at Eersterivier Secondary School on Wednesday.

Voters, some wearing slippers and others in their warmest winter coats, stood in line for an extra 15 minutes as officials completed setting up the voting station. The first voters were allowed in at 7:15.

"Laat die jol rol," one woman said when the polls officially opened.

Among those in line was Bonnie Williams, a mother of three, who said she was "forced" to make her way to the voting station by her 18-year-old daughter. Both were first-time voters.

"She told me: 'Mammie, moenie toelaat dat die ANC van ons steel nie [Mommy, don't let the ANC steal from us]'. So I came to say no to the corruption, and yes to people who are making our area better," Williams said.

She insisted that everyone knew she supported the DA. "Tell them all. I don't want that dikkop Zuma to come and knock at my door looking for my vote."

'EFF a real party for the people'

But not all had good things to say about the blue party. "The DA is overrated. What have they done for the people of Eersterivier?" one voter asked.

"The suburbs look like a million bucks, but here it looks the same as it did 15 years ago. The DA doesn't work for me."

He planned to vote for a smaller party which would protect the interests of coloured and black people, he said. "We need fresh blood to prove themselves."

Abe Abrahams, 37, said if he had a red beret, he would have worn it proudly. "The EFF are revolutionary, a real party for the people. They are going to get our land back that we lost during apartheid," he said.

"People mustn't be stupid when they vote. Julius Malema is a man of action. If anyone will deliver, he will. Hy is al maer van al die werk wat hy in die communities doen [He is thin from all the work he does in the communities]," he joked.

De Lille proud to vote for herself

Meanwhile in Pinelands, DA mayoral candidate and current Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said she was proud to say she would be voting for herself.

"I started my campaign five years ago – every day of my work as the mayor of the City of Cape Town has been to protect my own integrity by making sure that what I have put into the manifesto and the plans I have committed myself to are carried out. I am confident that I have done that," she said after casting her vote.

Dressed in a blue suit, she stood in line as a number of elderly people waited for their turn at the ballot box. 

"It’s the same feeling that I had when I voted for the first time in 1994. The value of the vote and democracy is something we must never take for granted," she said.

De Lille believed the current administration had delivered and produced visible change in the Mother City.

"I know that the voters are a lot more intelligent than some of the critics and that the voters see and experience the change. [I know] that they will give us another five years to continue with the progress that we have made."

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