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WATCH | A historic election for independents

Updated: Jun 4

Zackie Achmat was up with the sparrows on Wednesday morning to cast his ballot.


CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape’s only independent candidate appears he’s not going to be a slouch if he’s successful in getting into Parliament.

Zackie Achmat was up with the sparrows on Wednesday morning to cast his ballot. 


He’s going up against several political big hitters who are also expected to cast their votes on Wednesday. 


Under the foot of Table Mountain here in Gardens, a long queue had already built up at Jan van Riebeeck Primary School.


Many young students were eagerly waiting for the doors to open.


“I just couldn’t wait, to be honest. I’m really excited. It’s my first time voting.”


People’s rights activist Zackie Achmat was among them, certainly intending not to be one of those “sleepist” MPs the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi once referred to. 


“The job is really to go out there and work very hard. I think this is a historic election because independents are allowed to stand for the first time.”



This article was first published on EWN on 29 May 2024, by Lindsay Dentlinger.

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