A peaceful day in Marikana

2014-05-08 09:36

Team City Press was out in full force on election day. Athandiwe Saba was stationed in Marikana, North West, where at least 44 people were killed during a violent strike in August 2012.

The police saw Marikana as a hot spot and brought in extra security with Nyalas and police bakkies on patrol.

But community members were focused on voting and started queuing since early in the morning.

There were only two disappointments on the day – when one of the voting stations in Wonderkop made those who had arrived at about 3.20am wait even longer because the scanning machines, which should have been checked much earlier, weren’t working.

The second problem was a presiding officer. She could not manage the voting situation with party observers and voters walking all over her until an electoral officer stepped in.

Many people had to wait at one of the four voting stations in Wonderkop in the long queue but no one complained. Instead, they awaited their turn and seemed excited and happy that they had the opportunity to vote.

It was a very orderly election day on the blood-soaked soil of Marikana.

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