Hoping to make a difference - Eersterivier voter

2016-08-03 06:44

Cape Town - Armed with a steaming cup of coffee, carpenter Alex Ezaza was the first man in line at the voting station at the Eersterivier Secondary School on election day.

The 35-year-old first-time voter said he still had to rush off to work as he had no idea what the queues would look like. He had been here since 06:05 and it was his first time at the polls.

"Nothing the politicians said in the past ever really interested me. But this year there was one party which made commitments to issues that affect my community, like safety and development. So here I am, in the cold, hoping to make a difference."

It will take more than a little rain to keep the masses from the polls, an IEC official at Eersterivier Secondary told News24.

"This day comes once ever five years. I think this community knows the importance of today," a woman said while setting up voting station markers.

Voters in trench coats and beanies lined up outside the the entrance to the station. One man said he had told his wife to "rise and shine en kom vote sommermet jou slippers aan".

"She refused, saying Mandela wouldn't want us to disrespect this right by coming with a soolkous!" He laughed.

By 06:50, about 15 people have already formed a line, waiting for the 7:00 starting time.

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