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101-year-old casts his vote in Durban North

Joe Schloms said being able to vote was a way to make a mark for the good of the country.

JOE Schloms, a pensioner from Durban North, was excited to cast his vote on Wednesday morning as the country marked the start of its seventh National and Provincial Elections.

The 101-year-old, who visited the Northwood School voting station with his wife, Lyn, said that he wanted to wait in line to cast his vote rather than apply for a special vote.

For Joe, casting his vote means hoping for a better life, not only for him but for generations to come.

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“I expected a longer queue at the voting station, but it was a good thing we chose to come early. I’ve been privileged enough to vote in every election I’ve been eligible to do so, and that is why I wanted to be in line to make my mark. It’s important to vote for the good of our country. I would like to see improvement and change for everyone, not just me,” he said.

When asked about why it’s important to vote, the centenarian said it was important to make sure every vote counts.

“It is our democratic right to vote, and every vote counts. It doesn’t matter who you vote for as long as you make your voices heard,” he said.

Joe also explained the reason behind voting today rather than using a special vote day.

“I’m still able to walk and have no infirmity, so I felt it was better for me to come to the voting station to make my mark.”


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