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North West voting going well

2014-05-07 18:49
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Rustenburg - Voting proceeded without incident in the volatile North West platinum belt on Wednesday.

There were long queues in Wonderkop, Marikana, and Freedom Park near Rustenburg.

By 15:00 over 500 people had voted at the Thusanang voting station in Wonderkop, where about 2 000 people were registered. Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) officials said there had been no problems.

"I have voted. I trust my vote to bring change in my area," Luxolo Ndabendi said.

"Although I have voted the situation is the same. I am still starving. I live in a shack," he said.

Ndabendi is one of the miners on strike at Lonmin's platinum mining operations in Marikana.

Mineworkers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum, and Impala Platinum downed tools on 23 January demanding a basic salary of R12 500 per month. They have not earned a salary since they went on strike.

Some workers had threatened to boycott the election in protest against the non-resolution of the strike.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was in Rustenburg on Tuesday to urge them to vote for his party. He went to Freedom Park, Sondela, and Marikana.

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