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Archbishop Makgoba: Parties have no consideration for the elderly

The archbishop criticised parties for playing thumping music and handing out T-shirts at polling stations.

Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town's Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on Wednesday said some political parties had no consideration for the elderly, by playing thumping music and handing out T-shirts at polling stations.

He said he was also disappointed to witness the existence of socio-economic disparities at some polling stations.

Makgoba cast his vote in Wynberg.

Archbishop Makgoba is also an observer for the Electoral Code of Conduct Observer Commission - he visited several polling stations in the Western Cape on Wednesday.

Makgoba said he didn't approve of a few situations at some polling stations.

"Certain polling stations, like in Isiqalo, you have to drive through potholes and blaring music."

Makgoba said he still gets goose bumps when he makes his mark on the ballot paper because it takes him back to the miracle advent of democracy in 1994.



Meanwhile, Independent Electoral Commission Western Cape electoral officer Courtney Sampson shared the arch's sentiments, saying there was too much campaigning by political parties on election day.

He said the day belonged to voters, not political parties.

"It will be a dignified South African event, where the elderly are respected and treated with decency and dignity and not screamed or shouted at and pulled from one side to another."

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