Only Malema cared about us, says Marikana miner on voting EFF

2014-05-07 21:06

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Today, after almost two years, Xolani Nzuzo says he finally has a voice to hit back for what happened in Marikana.

City Press accompanied the 29-year-old miner when he went to make his mark at the Karee mine compound. He was in high spirits as he was in and out of the small voting station in less than 15 minutes.

Nzuzo said his vote was no secret, happily showing off his inked thumb and stating that he had voted for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

“[EFF leader Julius] Malema is the only one who ever cared about us. He went to the Implats miners in 2012, that’s when he showed that he is a man who cares about the people. And he came to us after we were shot,” said Nzuzo.

The miner, who has been attending the Marikana Commission of Inquiry hearings, said he also felt much gratitude towards Malema for providing the wounded and arrested miners at the commission with lawyers when “we desperately needed someone to help represent us”.

Nzuzo decided he would vote for the EFF the day the party was launched in October 2013.

When he went into the voting booth today he said he only looked where the EFF had been placed on the ballot and marked that with an X.

“I woke up this morning and told my mother that the only party she should vote for is EFF. She said that was already her choice,” said Nzuza. His father, also a miner at Impala and on strike, agreed to vote for his son’s choice.

“I have been thinking about what happened in Marikana in August. It drives my vote. I thought if I voted for the ANC, that would mean I condoned what they did on that koppie. You see there is no ANC in Marikana today and they will never have a place here again, just like NUM,” he added.

A short while later Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, wearing an ANC T-shirt, arrived at the Rakgatla High School voting station in Wonderkop. The small crowd received T-shirts.

He thanked South Africans for conducting themselves in an orderly manner during these elections.

“The situation is good everywhere as we had expected. The plan we had has worked well and I would like to thank all those who have allowed others to vote without infringing on their rights. There has been no need for extra intervention in any of the areas,” said Mthethwa.

Voting numbers in Wonderkop as at 3pm:

Maruatona Primary School

Voted – 598

Registered – 728

Rakgatla High School

Voted – 2 202

Registered – 4 220

Old Clinic

Voted – 619

Registered – 1 854

Thusanang Building

Voted – 579

Registered – 2 780

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