Tamboerskloof voters undeterred by cold weather

2016-08-03 07:11

Cape Town - Before an official had even put up an elections banner at Tamboerskloof Primary, Eunice Melamane jumped out her taxi and claimed first spot in the queue.

"Are you in the queue?," the warmly dressed 68-year-old asked a News24 reporter as she sprung out the taxi.

When she heard she was first, she grinned and said she thought somebody was going to beat her. Rudolf Von Oirschot paced up the dark road to the school to claim second place.

"You cheated! You used a taxi. I had to walk," he said lightheartedly to her.

Both lived in the posh city bowl suburb.

Melamane, a house sitter, kept looking to the road for her usual voting partner, who had joined her in the queue for many years.

"This African gentleman is retired now. He was very sick. He went back to the Eastern Cape. Every year we would meet here."

Her choice of political party was already finalised. She said she had voted many years ago to be free to walk on the street.

"Now... yoh, you know how things are," she said, shaking her head.

Cold winds and the last signs of overnight rain did not keep around 20 early bird voters from getting to the station before 7am. Some expressed relief it was not still raining.

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