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Marikana voters hope for change

Most of those queuing are miners who have been waiting before sunrise to cast their votes.

Marikana residents line up to cast their votes on 7 May 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

MARIKANA - The queue at one of the four voting stations in Wonderkop in Marikana is already snaking outside the premises.

Most of those queuing are miners who have been waiting since before sunrise to cast their ballots today.

Scores of people in Marikana have already lined up to cast their votes on 7 May 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

The presiding officer at the Wonderkop Clinic voting station said all the ballot papers and equipment arrived on time and operations would run smoothly.

A 53-year-old miner said he would be voting for his children and their future.

"I haven't seen a change and there's no improvement."

Not far from the area is the koppie where 34 protesters were shot dead by police during the August 2012 shooting at Lonmin mine.

Residents said the incident would influence their vote.

Meanwhile, some Marikana residents travelled home as far as the Eastern Cape last night to cast their votes today.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema wrapped up his election campaign in the area yesterday.

He called for an end to violence and urged disgruntled South Africans to use the elections as a tool to effect change.

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