Long queue at Pretoria voting station

2016-08-03 19:28
Willem Posthumus, 24, says people need to vote if they want to make South Africa a better place. (News24)

Pretoria - The voting queue at the Magaliesskool in Rietfontein, Pretoria, was well over 100m long by 18:00 on Wednesday with complaints about the way IEC officials were managing it.

Willem Posthumus, 24, said people needed to vote if they wanted any chance of making South Africa a better place, even if it meant standing in long queues for a large part of the day.

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It would however be nice if IEC officials could manage the queues better in the future by directing people to the right place, he said.

"The people… ran around like headless chickens because of being told to stand in the wrong lines."

He hoped the elections would be declared free and fair.

Another voter at the station, Verushka Aucamp, 22, said she drove past the voting station a few times during the day to see if the queue had become shorter. Seeing that it was still long by late afternoon she decided to get in line and wait.

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