1 ID scanner, 7 000 voters

2011-05-18 12:44

Pretoria - A voting station in Nellmapius, Pretoria, had one ID scanner for about 7 000 voters, resulting in a queue about a kilometre long on Wednesday morning.

Presiding officer at the Nellmapius Primary School Tony Sibayi said it was a struggle to deal with such a big voting area with only one ID scanner.

The Independent Electoral Commission had told Sibayi to continue without scanning some voters' identity documents. This meant election officers had to individually check the names against the voters' roll.

As a result of the large roll, some people had started queuing at 03:00.

Some people complained about the elderly not having made use of special votes earlier in the week.

"They come in taxis and push into the lines," said 40 year-old Susan Jafta.

"They should have cast their votes earlier."

Among the first to cast his vote at Vukuzenzele Primary School was Junior Motswako, who arrived at 05:00.

"I am voting to make a community change, like giving homes to people."

The aspiring motor mechanic said the people in his community were suffering, and he hoped his vote would make a positive change.

Most of the voters in the Nellmapius area listed unemployment as an issue they wanted their leaders to address.

Nelly Morake from Mamelodi was overjoyed to cast her vote.

"I was given a house and I hope for more service to be delivered to our community," the 57 year-old said.

Not far from the Gatang High School voting station, in Mamelodi East, lies an informal settlement. People in the area were voting to get basic services delivered.

One resident, Cobra Mazuso, believed the youth should stop "resting on their laurels" and be active in bringing change to their lives. Mazuso said even though he had voted in every election since democracy, it never lost its excitement.

  • Frank - 2011-05-18 12:51

    Voting for the ANC will be A vote for more corruption and no homes for the poor.

      Noctis - 2011-05-18 18:41

      @Michael. The whole concept of free houses is utterly ridiculous. If you want a home, get a job, work hard, put the hours/overtime in. The fact remains, our local people are far too lazy. That is why we employ African immigrants. They work harder and do not have a sense of entitlement. The concept of hard work seems to be foreign in South Africa. If you tell me there are no jobs, you are wrong. President Jacob Zuma promised 500 000 jobs, per year , did he not? :-)

      I'am - 2011-05-18 20:14

      What if you can't get a job because the majority of the wealth is held by (im generalising) rich White businessmen and corrupt African officials? You are an uneducated African person who couldn't get a university degree because of apartheid policies and now you can't even get a minimum wage job because you must look after your family. Immigrant work happens eveywhere. In the UK they imported Polish people, in the USA its Latin American people. Its not laziness, its business orientated thinking. Cheap labour equals more profits. What happens when these immigrants get citizenship? "They work harder and do not have a sense of entitlement", south africans are entitled to their own country wouldn't you think? If free housing is impossible, then is free education? I believe free education would aid many problems. If you want to go to school you have the option not because you can afford to. We Have the african teenagers in Highschool and get poor grades while those students who are determined to educate themselves and achieve often cannot afford to go to school because they can't afford to.

  • objective1 - 2011-05-18 13:09

    A National Catastrophe - The people's party (the fat cats that is and the kind where you drink expensive whiskey and eat expensive food for free)

      World Traveler - 2011-05-18 14:33

      anc fat cats is also people!

  • Lee - 2011-05-18 13:15

    Then you all need to vote ANC....They promise to change things. Lets just hope the tax payers money can spread far enough for you all to have free houses, free free free.

      Nikonino - 2011-05-18 13:19

      Free Mandela

      tryanything - 2011-05-18 13:28

      If You havent frightened the taxpayers away or killed them

  • evanknowles - 2011-05-18 13:27

    An ID scanner? Voting station in Bedfordview didn't seem to have any scanners.

      velastardust - 2011-05-18 13:55

      Voting station in Tokai did not have an ID scanner either. I don't think all stations have one. Everything seemed very organised.

  • Len - 2011-05-18 13:27

    At least you had a scanner. Valhalla was "e-manual" with voter rolls A-M and N-Z. A-M probably 10 times the lenth of roll N-Z, which meant one looooong qeue and a very short one. No attempt to figure out a new system. But vote we did. Well done to the commitment of the fellow voters! Your vote can make a change.

  • gizzy - 2011-05-18 13:29

    We had the same thing at our polling station. One bloody scanner and queues a mile long. You'd think the IEC would invest in more of them.

  • shinobijin - 2011-05-18 13:32

    why can their not be made provision for people who want to vote but, has registered somewhere else, there are people that have relocated but has been told to go back to where they had registered,as also there are people that during the course of there work they are in different provinces from where they stay or are registered, this is going to be a set back, why not if a person is scanned, let him vote where ever he is, lots of votes is going to be lost in this event.

      Benny66 - 2011-05-18 13:43

      Add to this the votes lost because hospital patients are not catered for. My wife was admitted to Hosp last night and I was told by an IEC official she had to make application a month ago for her vote from hospital to be accomodated - Yeah well no fine. I did'nt bother explaining the obvious to him.

  • DesertSky - 2011-05-18 14:25

    "I was given a house and I hope for more service to be delivered to our community," the 57 year-old said.Really? I had to work hard and when I eventually earned enough I had to apply for a home loan like most hardworking people.I don't wait for handouts like most ANC supporters.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-18 14:32

    Pinelands in Cape Town also has only one scanner. And a wait for three hours to vote. The IEC must improve next time. Otherwise all ok.

  • BlendedFrog - 2011-05-18 14:51

    Couldn't organize an orgy in a brothel...

  • Freddie - 2011-05-18 16:35

    "I am voting to make a community change, like giving homes to people." Unfortunately this is typical! Just why should anyone be 'given' a home? Where is the money going to come from? No one ever gave me a home, I had to BUY it!

      Grant - 2011-05-18 16:50

      I agree with your sentiment, but you know what? We may as well give them free houses. If the DA took over, and spent the same amount of money on free housing, there would be 10X more houses being dished out (simply because the ANC currently steal 90% of what is committed). And as much as I dont think we should be dishing out free houses, maybe by doing so, the masses would stop voting ANC, thereby giving South Africa a fighting chance for survival.

  • Janine - 2011-05-18 17:17

    I voted in Pinelands (Western Cape) - one scanner - was in and out in 30 minutes.

  • Vix - 2011-05-19 03:25

    Voted in Milnerton (WC), one scanner ... in and out in less than ten minutes ... took me longer to actually make my mark than waiting in the queue. My partner asked me why I took so long, my reply "I was reading the Ballot paper, its long"

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