Voters in Cape Town are waiting a long time to vote


Voters in the northern suburbs of Cape Town flocked to polling booths in large numbers on Wednesday to cast their votes in the election. Despite waiting times of up to three hours, voters were persuaded to make their mark.

Some voters were ready for the long wait, bringing chairs and even laptops to pass the time.

“All I expect is that we should get an honest president who will care for the people,” said Bernice Smeaden (79), who went to vote with her walking stick at Durbanville High School. She said outside the venue that she was satisfied with the course of the process and that she was helped quickly as an elderly person.

Japie de Klerk voted at the DF Malan High School in Bellville, where approximately 3,600 voters were registered. He says that he waited in the queue for about an hour and a half to draw his cross, which he thinks is a very long time to have to wait.

“People are registering more and more in this environment, but the voting points are getting less and less and hence the bottleneck. Last time we got through this very quickly, but then there were five voting points.”

He says he is satisfied with what the DA has achieved in the Western Cape, especially if he listens to what his friends in other provinces say.

At the NG church Welgemoed, some voters stood for more than three hours in the queues, which wound around the church building from two sides. According to an officer of the Electoral Commission (EC), a system problem caused it to take a long time for voters to receive their ballots.

Jane Moors is one of those who waited almost three hours to vote, but says that it may have been the busiest time of the day.

“That’s why we’re here and have all day to vote – maybe it takes all day,” she joked.

She hopes for more job opportunities and a change of heart among the leaders of South Africa.

Conrad de Vries and his daughter, Tatum (19), stood together in line at the Morningstar polling station and said they were initially turned away from the polling booth at around 7am because his daughter’s temporary registration document, which was supposed to be legal and to be acceptable, was apparently not valid.

“We then went back to the offices of the Department of the Interior, where luckily we were helped quickly. I am very impressed with the help we got, even though we were a little frustrated with the reception. However, it was handled nicely.”

He hopes that everyone who can will vote this year and that people will realize how important it is to participate in the democratic process. “Ideologically speaking, my great wish for the outcome of the election is that there will be a return to values ​​and that many of the populist philosophies that have started to emerge in the past few years will disappear. There are old values ​​that have worked and been tested for a long time and there is a need to return to them. One cannot tax one’s country richly and police one’s conscience properly. Those established values ​​are of great importance and must come from the top. Our leaders must once again have a conscience,” believes Conrad.