The much-anticipated day of the local government elections has finally arrived. The Citizen has been visiting several areas in the Vaal region, including those that were gripped by violent protest actions.
Several residents who already cast their votes on Wednesday morning said despite the unresolved service delivery issues, they did not think boycotting the polls would be a wise move. The areas that have been affected by community protests in recent weeks include Midvaal and Steelpark. A local resident Oupa Bodipe said he was hoping for change and an improvement in the delivery of services.
“Yes, there are serious service delivery issues which remain unresolved, and during our protest last week, the Emfuleni local municipality promised to look into our issues after the elections.
“I expect those we voted for to bring changes immediately after the elections,” he said.
Elsewhere, in Midvaal where a police nyala (armoured vehicle) ferrying Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Malobane Nkosi and other officials was petrol bombed during a recent violent protest in Sicelo, Meyerton, a good number of people could be seen walking into various voting stations.
Martha Motloung said she was expecting job creation, the delivery of houses and otheR basic services immediately after the elections.
“I am happy that I voted, and I hope those in power will improve their communication channels with us as residents and not only remember us when they need our votes during campaigns,” said Motloung.
Meanwhile, police officers and other law enforcement agencies were seen monitoring the voting processes at various polling stations. Party agents dressed in their respective political party regalia were also there to keep a close eye on proceedings.
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