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Voters remain upbeat despite long queues in Daveyton, Crystal Park and Petit

Benoni residents headed to the polls for the seventh election since the dawn of democracy.

There was a huge voter turnout at Petit High School and Crystal Park Clinic this morning, May 29 where hundreds of residents queued in snaking line to cast their votes.

While some residents expressed feelings of excitement others were anxious as they geared up to vote for the party that they think deserves their vote.

According to the presiding officer, Aubrey, they opened on time and no hiccups were reported.

Eugene Chiloane, who cast his vote at Crystal Park Clinic, said he decided to vote in order to bring change in the country, especially with regard to crime.

Eugene Chiloane of Crystal Park was excited to cast his vote on May 29.
Tebogo Matsimane made his mark at Crystal Park Clinic on May 24.

Another Crystal Park resident who exercised his democratic right to vote is Adam Gerber, who arrived at the voting station at 07:30 with his wife, Martie.

“I am voting because I want service delivery issues to be prioritised, such as fixing potholes and street lights that are not functioning,” said Gerber.

Phumla Nkosi said: “Due to the alarming rate of unemployed graduates, we want graduates to be recognised and various skills development programmes to be extended. State employees should also be recognised for their contributions while working not when they go on pension.”

At Petit High School, voters complained that they stood in long queues for hours.
Rody Oosthuizen who was a bit frustrated, said he arrived at the voting station at 07:00 but by 11:00 he was still in the queue.

“The process isn’t that efficient. I hope this is resolved soon,” said Oosthuizen.

Voters lining up at Petit High School.
Young voters, Zantus Oosthuizen, Bianca Cilliers and Renzo Oosthuizen exercised their democratic right to vote.

A young voter, Bianca Cilliers, said she’s voting for a better future, road improvements and better infrastructure.
IEC area manager for ward 25 Goodwright Sekhoela said they reported a smooth start to the casting of votes despite opening a few minutes after 07:00.

SAPS and EMPD officers remained on high alert on all voting stations to ensure peaceful voting.

SAPS and EMPD officers were visible at Petit High during voting.

Meanwhile, residents who cast their votes at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton expressed frustration about long waiting times.

Voters cited poor training of IEC members for this.


Vincent Thangoane said he happy to have exercised his democratic right to vote. Changes he wants to see in his area after elections is a decrease in crime and potholes.
Voters queued at Sinaba Stadium.
Daveyton voters had to queue here.
Pumelelo Mathabela arrived at Sinaba Stadium at 9:00 to cast her vote.
Cloudy Mokoena said he was pleased that everything went smoothly at Crystal Park Clinic.
In a happy mood, Lynette Van Wyk voted at Crystal Park Clinic.
Nikki Nel and Deirdre Snyman voted at Petit High School on May 29.
Excited to be voting is Wian Van Eck who casted his vote at Petit High School.
Basil Sapucci made his mark at Petit High School on May 29.
Showing off her inked thumb after voting is Elsabe Steenberg who voted at Petit High School.
Elderly voters, Adam and Martie Gerber arrived at Crystal Park Clinic at 07:30 to cast their votes.
72-year-old Themba Nkosi voted at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton.
Annelise Kruger was accompanied by her daughter, Annezel, who was interested to observe how the elections are conducted.
A young voter, Raymond Mnguni said some of the changes he would like to see after the election is the energy crisis and unemployment.
“We want a university in Ekurhuleni because there are no university facilities available in Ekurhuleni and we want free education,” said Mnguni.
David Mashigo and his wife, Deborah, were in good spirits at Crystal Park Clinic.
Former Crystal Park station commander Lieutenant Colonel Annalien Naude of Crystal Park SAPS with Crystal Park SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Lerato Mopeli at Petit High School on May 29.
Phumlani Jiyane voted at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton on May 29.
In good spirits despite long queues at Petit High School were they casted their vote is Janine Oosthuizen and Shera Salmon.
67-year-old Anton Van Wyk cast his vote at Crystal Park Clinic.

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