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Vote for lunch, say food hawkers

2014-05-07 12:35
Food vendors have descended on voting stations to sell their wares. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)
Johannesburg - Food vendors competed with political parties for space outside polling stations in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

The congested township, which dates back to 1912, saw voters queuing at various stations to cast their votes.

Food vendors set up outside the stations and sold meals of rice, mealie meal and meat, fatcakes, soft drinks, coffee, sandwiches, sweets and fruits, and cigarettes.

At a community hall in 15th Avenue, the food vendors and political parties jostled for limited space along the pavement to get the attention of voters.

"I sell food at the taxi rank, and I decided to come to 15th Avenue because it is a holiday, there are not many customers at the rank," said elderly Dorothy Baloyi.

Some voters complained about the presence of political parties at the venue.

"I don't want to see any of them today... their job to campaign is done," said voter Solomon Michaels.

Parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters, the African National Congress, and the Democratic Alliance, set up tables opposite the polling station.

A member of the DA held a pen and party application forms and said he had recruited five people by 10:00.

The queues at the bigger polling stations grew longer as the morning progressed.

All voting stations should be open from 07:00 and close at 21:00.

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