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, South Coast, Kwazulu Natal.
A small church used as the voting station
South Africa Police watch over voters
Voters waiting to make their mark.
Process of scanning identity documents
A disabled “Gogo” ensured that her voice was heard by voting.
Mrs Duma placing her ballot paper into the ballot box
Visit by ANC Supporters – I suspect that the vehicle was used to transport voters to the voting station.
Derick, an unemployed electrician, at the voting station.
Voters from the area – they just wanted there picture taken.
She was happy that she could make her mark.
IFP outside the voting station.
NFP supporters bringing in some lunch.
Derick, proud to be a South African and what Nelson Mandela did for South Africa
Water supply is not abundant in these areas. Young girl drinking from a public tap next to the church
Political Boards surround the voting station
Signage on a vehicle
A world Icon – Madiba