A family affair for politicians at polls

2014-05-11 15:00

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In what could be an early nod to Mother’s Day, a few political leaders went to the polls with their mothers and ma- triarchs.

On Wednesday, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema arrived at Mponegele Primary School in Se- shego, Limpopo, with his grandmother Sarah (86).

Sarah wore a blue doek instead of a red beret and held her grandson’s hand.

While waiting to vote, Sarah praised her grandson: “I thank God for helping me raise him. He has always been a respectful child.”

The DA’s Lindiwe Mazibuko took her mother, June, along for support their polling station, Sunningdale Pre-Primary School in Durban.

June put on a brave face and a smile while she waited for an hour and 15 minutes next to her daughter, despite having a painful ear infection.

June, a nurse at Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban, spoke to City Press from her home on Friday.

“I felt very happy and excited while we stood in the queue with the people, watching her [Lindiwe] interact with them. She was happy and I was happy for her.”

DA leader Helen Zille voted at Saint Paul’s Church in the Cape Town suburb of Rondebosch with her husband, Johann Maree, and sons, Paul and Thomas.

In an earlier interview, Paul said: “It was my mum who helped me to choose my first instrument in Sub B, the violin, and she sat with me while I practised.

“My mother is a textbook workaholic. She will work 18 hours a day no matter what. But she’s always been there for us.”

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