ANC voters in Kimberley start 'victory' celebrations early

2016-08-03 17:44
ANC members in Kimberley say they are certain they will win the elections. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Kimberley  A mood of jubilation engulfed Greenpoint township in Kimberley in the Northern Cape as some ANC supporters started celebrating soon after casting their votes.

Dressed in their party T-shirts, the excited residents, including children and older people, danced to struggle songs played on a public address system near the voting station at Greenpoint High School. 

"We are celebrating the victory of the ANC in advance. We have already won the elections," Greenpoint resident Sharon Jobela told News24. 

The 47-year-old said it was unlikely that the party would lose. "I made my cross this morning and I know that victory is certain and the ANC is the only party that can make a difference in communities," she said. 

Jerry Williams, 60, said the ANC councillor candidate had "so much potential", adding that they couldn't let him down. "We have seen a lot of improvements and the elderly have received houses because of him," he said. 

Amid the impromptu pomp and fanfare, some residents drank alcohol in celebration. But a few metres from the jovial ANC group stood a handful of residents wearing T-shirts that read "No vote". 

Mareldia Jacobs, who was part of this group, said she was dissatisfied with the councillor candidate.

"We are ANC members, but we are not voting for the councillor candidate. He can't have a second term because he hasn't done anything in the last five years. I won't even attempt to vote for the other parties because it would be a waste of time," she said.

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