Despite being plunged into darkness for a period of three weeks, Finetown resident Maria Mokwena said she decided to go and vote for her party of choice with the hope that the people in authority would prioritise improving the her living conditions and those of fellow residents.
Speaking to The Citizen near her polling station, Mokwena said they have been complaining for a while now about the poor delivery of services in their area. “Electricity is a very big problem that we have here, especially during winter season and when it is raining a lot during summer.
“Yes, I am not happy with government, but I had to go and vote so that my voice can also be heard whenever I complain,” she said.
Mokwena stressed that residents also needed tarred roads and other basic services, including a clinic and a police station.
As compared to other surrounding areas, one was able to see more than 20 people standing in queue to cast their votes at the Finetown polling station.
The area in question, which is still an informal settlement, has in recent months also been affected by community protests.
Meanwhile in Mountain View, another informal settlement that is just a stone’s throw away from Finetown, next to Ennerdale, residents there were seen going about their daily duties while others said they were still going to vote later on Wednesday.
Thomas Chauke, who has been living in the area for the past 12 years, said the reason he was going to vote was so he could have a power and a voice to demand services from those in power.
Although the area has been given electricity, water remains a big challenge, as residents can still bee seen carrying buckets to go and get water from water tankers. The roads are also in a terrible condition.