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Rubber bullets fly at voting station

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“I stood my ground and told them that I have a right to vote.”

Proud to have voted: Boikanyo Makoloi, ANCYL deputy secretary general in Mataleng, at Boresetse Secondary School where he voted. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE BUSINESS of voting continued as normal after the rubber bullets stopped flying at the Holpan voting station at St Andrew’s Anglican Church yesterday.

There was mirth from Samuel Kodi who said he had just voted for Kaizer Chiefs, while Martin Bond and Tannith Bond spread some goodwill by handing out butternuts from their farm Morrisdraai, about 10 kilometres outside of Holpan, to members of the community who had gathered outside the voting station.

A voter wearing ANC regalia said that she had arrived at the voting station before 7am but had to wait for over two hours after protesters tried to prevent her from entering the voting station.

“I stood my ground and told them that I have a right to vote.”

Another Holpan resident, Rachel Godfrey, stated that she was voting for change. “I have never owned a house of my own. People are in desperate need of jobs. I am hoping that lives will improve after the elections.”

EFF supporters meanwhile were already claiming victory in Debeershoogte, near Barkly West, where EFF struggle songs were blaring in the background.

“We are very tired of the ANC!” they proclaimed.

Lebogang Lephoi believed that the EFF would be able to deliver on its promises.

“We will not be fooled by fools.”

Meanwhile on the other side of Barkly West, ANC members outnumbered EFF supporters at the voting station in Mataleng that was stationed at Boretsetse Secondary School

“We are peaceful, no one is fighting,” they stated.

ANC Youth League deputy secretary general of ward one Boikanyo Makoloi felt certain that support for the ANC was growing.