South Africa Votes 2014- Gugulethu

Fahmida Miller

Police vehicles weaving through the dusty streets of Gugulethu marked the start of voting day at the East Rand informal settlement.

This was the scene of protests earlier in the week as residents demanded the delivery of services and the attention of a municipality they said was doing nothing to address their needs.

Rubbish dump alongside the polling station

Many here said they would not vote.

One resident asked “why should I vote…to make Zuma’s pockets bigger?”

With barely tarred roads, no running water and electricity and poor sanitation, residents in Gugulethu remain frustrated after past elections brought little development to the township.

Just across the road from the polling station, resident Jeanneth Maleka stood watching as police officers monitored voters trickling in. Three hours after voting was due to begin, IEC officials were only just setting up the polling station in a local church tent after the first one was burnt down earlier in the week, leaving…

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