Too much at stake not to make your cross – Cape Town voter

2016-08-03 12:59

Cape Town  Voting was an obligation, given the current national climate, researcher and former newspaper editor Brendan Boyle said outside his voting station in Tokai on Wednesday.

Boyle, 65, said there was "so much at stake". Of most concern to him was a lack of accountability at national level.

It was just a short walk between his home and the Tokai Library for Boyle and Baxter, his pooch companion. He queued for about 40 minutes.

A DA marquee with blue balloons, posters and pamphlets stood at the entrance. A queue of about 150 people snaked along the tree-lined, clean main road in the plush suburb.

"I knew long ago who I would be voting for. I haven't voted the same way as 1994," said Boyle.

'I worry we are over-privileged here'

The equitable distribution of services popped up during the conversation. "Sometimes I worry we are over-privileged here, with all the City resources," he said, comparing the area to more sparsely serviced places such as Khayelitsha.

"It is very nice to live in a place where everything gets done," Boyle said.

Voting was running smoothly in Tamboerskloof, Rondebosch and Tokai. Citizens braved the chilly Cape Town air and late sunrise, as well as wet roads from heavy overnight rain.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille received a warm welcome at the St Paul's church in Rondebosch, where she voted.

At all three stations, the elderly were taken to the front of the queue to cast their votes.

First-time voter and student Grant Butler was a hit, with the SA flag draped over his shoulders. He explained that many of his friends and family weren't voting. "It was my way of showing them that you can make a difference."

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