We convey our heartfelt condolences to relatives and friends of the two South Africans who died yesterday while queuing to vote.
According to the Independent Electoral Commission, a woman died before casting her vote near Bulwer in KwaZulu-Natal, while a man, 53, collapsed and died at a voting station in Strydenburg in the Northern Cape. We salute this pair, who epitomise what an active citizen should be – someone who fulfils his or her rights and responsibilities.
The two voters personify individuals who take their role seriously. They died taking action and using the power of their vote to make a difference in their own lives, unlike some people in other parts of the country who chose to resort to unlawful means, such as violence and destruction of property.
Voting is a powerful tool the electorate can use to eject representatives from office if they disagree with the way they did their jobs. This is a basic lesson that many disgruntled communities still have to learn. If every citizen understands this like the two voters who died yesterday, not a single elected public representative would take voters for a ride.