Diesel mechanic brings out special car to vote

2016-08-03 07:21
Diesel mechanic Deon van Vuuren in his 1939 International Bakkie at the Freeway Park Primary School voting station in Boksburg. (Carien du Plessis, News24)

Boksburg - Diesel mechanic Deon van Vuuren brought out his special car to vote at Freeway Park Primary School, where a long queue has formed ahead of the opening of polls at 07:00. 

The shy Van Vuuren did, however, not attract much attention as his bright yellow 1939 model car, which he restored with help from his friends and dubbed International Bakkie, joined the back of the car queue and he did the same with the voting queue.

The car is branded with his Elsburg workshop name, Deon's Little Chevvy & Customising.

"I have voted in every election and I think it is important to vote, otherwise your opinion doesn't count," Van Vuuren, who will be voting DA, said. 

Although his workshop will be closed today, he said there were "a few small jobs" he needed to do there, which was why he was up early. 

Van Vuuren, who wears his dark sideburns long and who was clad in black 70s style clothing, said both he and his car always attracted attention when he took the yellow vehicle out for special occasions. 

By 07:00 the polling station, where ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe was expected to cast his ballot, had still not opened, leaving voters waiting in a nippy breeze. 

Opposite the road from the school a coffee trailer was already doing good trade, with its attached generator waking up the neighbourhood. 

Ekurhuleni was warned to expect strong winds today but no damage had been reported yet.

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