Voting going well in North West, despite chilly weather

In the North West, voting went off relatively smoothly, without any major incidents reported.

In many parts of the province, the cold morning chill was no deterrent, as thousands of eager voters, went to the polls. 

Across the province’s regions the common motivation for voting was a desire for change and a better life.

“I voted, I want to see all the children at work. They don’t have work, they do the wrong thing in the street.” 

“We wake up today as a family because we want change for our nation. Things are happening and we need jobs. So if we don’t vote how will we get change for our nation?”

In Wolmaraanstad’s farming areas, workers were concerned, that they had not been released to go an vote. They too, want to see change in their conditions. 

“We have been promised to get time to go vote, but they never specified as to what time we will stop working and go vote.” 

“I want to go vote so that our salaries can increase because the money we get here is too little. We get about R1500 a month, even though we have been working here for many years.” 

The young and the old of Mogosane Village, just outside Mahikeng also wanted to be counted. 

Some had to beat the odds to make it to voting stations. 

Even on the official day, political parties were still trying everything to influence the locals to vote in their favour, with huge party placards put up on tress on the way to the voting station.


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