Elections 7 May 2014 – A Photo Story

Before I start, this post is apolitical and my experience on May 7 2014.

South Africa has experienced 20 years of democracy. For those of you that did not know I was in the South African Police in 1994.
The ANC (African National Congress) and IFP (Inkhata Freedom Party) could not stand one another and many people where killed and homes destroyed because of their political affiliation. Those of you that can remember, the South Coast was marred by this violence, so much so, that 19 people were killed in Izingolweni on Chritmas Day in 1995 (Shobashobane Massacre).

So on 7 May 2014, I decided to visit a rural voting station. I first went to go and vote where I had registered and then took a drive to a small rural community. The area is called Mnafu and is situated near Mtwalume on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast.

I turned off the tar road , onto a single track gravel road. Proceeded for 500 metres and found a small “church” – the voting station. I was surprised at the atmosphere, it was happy and positive. Three political parties had set up shop outside the voting station, namely, the ANC, IFP and NFP (National Freedom Party), this was unseen pre 1994. Everyone greeted me when I arrived. I went to the SAPS (South African Police Service) and introduced myself and then went into the voting station and introduced myself to the IEC chairperson. All were very friendly. There was no queue and voters were casually going into the voting station, placing their mark and coming out. I noted that the ANC had done plenty of marketing in the area as most people were wearing ANC t-shirts. It was great to see that the people were happy and were able to exercise their democratic right to vote.

Mnafu

Mnafu, South Coast, Kwazulu Natal.

Voting Station

A small church used as the voting station

Police Guard

South Africa Police watch over voters

Voters

Voters waiting to make their mark.

Scanning

Process of scanning identity documents

Voter

Voting

Old Lady exiting station

A disabled “Gogo” ensured that her voice was heard by voting.

Mrs Duma

Mrs Duma placing her ballot paper into the ballot box

Visit by ANC

Visit by ANC Supporters – I suspect that the vehicle was used to transport voters to the voting station.

Eric

Derick, an unemployed electrician, at the voting station.

Locals

Voters from the area – they just wanted there picture taken.

Happy

She was happy that she could make her mark.

IFP

IFP  outside the voting station.

Agang

NFP supporters bringing in some lunch.

Proud

Derick, proud to be a South African and what Nelson Mandela did for South Africa

Local Girl

Water supply is not abundant in these areas. Young girl drinking from a public tap next to the church

Political Board

Political Boards surround the voting station

Fence

ANC

Signage on a vehicle

Madiba

A world Icon – Madiba

 

 

 

8 Responses

  • olly
    May 9, 2014

    Great story telling with some great pics.

    olly May 9, 2014
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    • Sean
      May 9, 2014

      Thank you Olly

      Sean May 9, 2014
  • Ina Futter
    May 11, 2014

    Lovely photo’s …you so talented

    Ina Futter May 11, 2014
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    • Sean
      May 12, 2014

      Thank you Ina.

      Sean May 12, 2014
  • Kyle
    May 12, 2014

    Fantastic photies. Greyscale always brings out the drama in any shot. Awesome to look at!

    Kyle May 12, 2014
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    • Sean
      May 12, 2014

      Thank you Kyle. Agree with you.

      Sean May 12, 2014
  • Melissa
    May 12, 2014

    Awesome Sean looks Stunning!!!

    Melissa May 12, 2014
    Reply
    • Sean
      May 14, 2014

      Thank you Melissa

      Sean May 14, 2014

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