Hippos an obstacle for isolated KZN voters

2016-07-20 22:59
Good rains have increased water levels and flows in the Umfolozi River. This allowed the lower basin to fill and water to flow through to the Lake St Lucia system via the beach spillway.  ~ Supplied

Durban – While most of the country will have a 12-hour window to vote come August 3, a remote community in KwaZulu-Natal will have just seven hours.

The Nkovokeni area near the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is an area so isolated, hippos have become an obstacle for voters, provincial electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said.  

Mosery made the statement on Monday while speaking at a media briefing on the provincial readiness for local government elections on August 3.

"It is very isolated and remote. You have to use a boat to get there [voting stations]. Their lakes are infested with hippos. They are nocturnal creatures and troublesome after dark. This is why they will have time to vote from 07:00 until 14:00."

According to Mosery, the area has 240 registered voters.

"We believe the hours we have allocated will be more than sufficient for all to vote."

Mosery said it was the right of the small community to be serviced by the IEC.

"We cannot tell them to move, we have to go to them."

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