Gran, Born Free vote for same reason

2014-05-07 17:04

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Christina Mamogopodi will never forget the first time she voted.

The 78 year old voted at Wonderkop’s busiest polling station, Rakgatla High School, in Marikana this morning.

“I had to come vote today for the future of this country. I’ve voted every year since 1994,” said Mamogopodi.

“I arrived that day at six in the morning to only finish at 8pm. We stood in the line for the whole day. The line was the longest I have ever seen. There were so many people there,” she said.

No vote since then has been as exciting and Mamogopodi says none ever will.

“I hope young people come today to cast their first votes and feel what I felt then. Today I have simply come to exercise my right to vote,” she said.

At the other end of the age spectrum was Thulani Sitwe, a Born Free, who was excited to share his views while standing in the queue to cast his first vote.

He was one of very few young people in the voting queues at Marikana.

The 20 year old said he was voting for his future.

“As a young person, you have to show that you care about your future. I’m voting today to make sure that the right government is in power, so that I have a better chance for my future after I have completed school,” he said.

The young man, who is originally from Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape, said he was disappointed with the current government and how it treated his neighbours and fellow residents who work at mines in the North West.

“There is no government right now. Look at the situation that people here in Wonderkop are living in. It’s like there is no president in this country. When people ask for anything, they have to fight and die before the government is awakened. What is that?” he asked passionately.

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