No incidents mar voting

2016-08-04 11:05
ANC treasurer Zweli Mkhize casts his vote at Thandokuhle Creche in Willowfountain.

ANC treasurer Zweli Mkhize casts his vote at Thandokuhle Creche in Willowfountain. (Ian Carbutt)

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Voters from Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas arrived at voting stations determined to cast their three votes — even spoiled votes — to make a difference in the 2016 local government elections.

A Northdale resident who had gone to vote at Orient Heights School fell while walking down a flight of stairs and bumped her head on the floor.

People rushed to help the woman who had a bloody smear under her eye and a large lump on her head.

A fellow voter asked if they could call someone to take her home. The woman responded by standing up and saying: “I will vote first. Then we can see about calling someone.”

In other areas of the city, voting was well under way by 9 am.

Prestbury resident Marie van Dyk (67) cast her vote at Prestbury Primary School, describing it as a “happy voting experience”.

“It was wonderful,” said Van Dyk.

“I walked in and out. I expected there to be a few hitches but they were so organised.”

Hilton Village resident Mbali Ndlela said all went well at the Hilton College station. “Everything was in order, it was quick, and there is such a lovely atmosphere here,” she said.

In Howick, voters said they also experienced organised, pain-free voting.

However, not all residents were impressed, with a Hilton resident, who would not be named, saying she had spoiled her vote.

“I spoiled my vote. There was nobody I could bear to vote for, but I felt I had to go and be counted as a dissatisfied South African.

“I know many other people who also spoiled their vote,” said the woman.

Meanwhile, a sign telling people that all South Africans would be voting for the ANC on August 3 and other parties on other days is thought to have been a prank.

The sign was spotted on a fence outside the polling station at Prestbury Primary School on Wednesday.

Prestbury resident Trish Collocott said friends had pointed the sign out. “A few of us went to take pictures of it and then I took it down. I asked around about who had put the sign up, but people said they did not know.

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