Voters still heading to poll in their numbers

2016-08-03 18:16
The queue at Brooklyn, Cape Town, just keeps going ( Jenni Evans, News24)

Cape Town - They came in their overalls, work-branded fleeces or smart office suits.

Children, already in their pyjamas, joked among each other. "I'm gonna vote EFF," said a small girl in a pink onesie, skipping off to play on the grass as the sun set.

But their parents kept their choices close to their chests as they waited patiently to enter the Martin Adams Community Hall on Koeberg Road in Brooklyn, north of the city.

Some asked people to keep their place while they peeled off for a cigarette.

"Maar die mense van Brooklyn rook gevaarlik (But the people of Brooklyn smoke a lot)," said one man taking a few puffs and then nipping it between the daisies breaking through the parking lot tar, and rejoining the queue.

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Seen better days

"I live in Tamboerskloof now, but I still vote here. I grew up here," said Damien (who declined to give his surname) taking one earphone out of his ears. "Brooklyn has seen better days and I feel my vote means something here."

The 30-year-old front end web developer described the area as "fascinating and diverse".

He said he is quite civic-minded and takes voting seriously, but believes people also have a right not to vote, because that is a sign of democracy.

"I feel my vote has a lot of power. And I don't take that for granted."

A 24-year-old ahead of him in the queue said he was going to vote "because my mother said I must".

A hotel worker said he caught a bus from the city, and would go back to work again after he has voted.

He estimated the whole exercise would take around two hours. Other colleagues just shrugged their shoulders saying they would not have time.

Standing to win

Friends Joseph Phiri and Humphrey Zimbiri arrived with two hours to spare until voting closes at 19:00. Zimbiri was resplendent in a bright outfit showing off his love of Rastafarianism.

Said Phiri: "I like politics and I read a lot of politics, so I know what I am doing. The choice for me is very simple. I am a member of a political party that is standing to win."

Inside, party agents watched electoral officials frantically stamp and hand out ballot papers for the 2 877 people registered at that station.

But it was not going smoothly for some, who complained that although they had registered there, they were being sent to another polling station.

"Ag I am not going to battle with this," said one woman driving off in a huff.

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