Durban - Freedom should never be taken for granted, a Newlands West pensioner said as she cast her special vote on Monday.
"I encourage all people, including the young people in my family, to vote. We are free now. We must not take it for granted. Everyone must go out and do it for Madiba," Maria Nzama, 76, told News24.
Nzama, an ardent African National Congress supporter, had always voted for the good things the government provided her.
“The ANC gives me everything that I need. I have a house, I have a grant, I have water and I have electricity. They even give me food. I do not go hungry. They are the best party.”
Nzama was one of 80 000 special voters in KwaZulu-Natal. Monday and Tuesday had been set aside for these votes.
Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) presiding officer Philisiwe Ngubane oversaw the voting process for Nzama in her home in Newlands West. Present during Nzama's voting were representatives from the ANC and Economic Freedom Fighters.
Ngubane would be visiting 21 homes on Westrich Road in the area. She had been working for the IEC since 2009.
“We are having challenges with weather conditions and the recent flooding,” she said.
Also overseeing processes was police officer Captain Perumal Pillay. They intended to ensure there was no interference with the process.
“We also ensure the safety of all involved in this process. At this stage we have not run into any problems.”
Earlier, KwaZulu-Natal IEC operations manager Futhi Masinga said they had experienced problems after flooding damaged roads in Durban.
Five people died during heavy rains and flooding in Durban and along the South Coast last week.
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