Close to three million voters were expected to turn out in the Western Cape on election day, to settle the political future of a province which has often refused to play by the rest of the country’s rules. Barring instances of inefficiency and a few complaints of procedural irregularities, it was a largely calm voting turnout in the opposition’s ghold. MARIANNE THAMM and REBECCA DAVIS were buzzing around.
If weather plays a role in voting turnout, as some political analysts believe, then Mother Nature delivered a perfect autumnal day in most parts of the Western Cape for the country’s fifth general election and the first without Nelson Mandela.
Too much heat, it is said, can trigger aggression, while rain tends to keep poorer voters away from the polls. The comfortable 23 degrees in Cape Town on election day provided a generally subdued but jovial atmosphere at those voting stations visited by the Daily Maverick yesterday.
The DA gazebo in Masiphumelele.
And while it was indeed a spectacular afternoon almost across the peninsula, it was a bone-chillingly icy wind that greeted Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier and DA leader, as she arrived with her husband, Professor Johann Maree, at St Paul’s…
Source : Daily Maverick