East London - An old woman from Nompumelelo township on the edge of East London's Beacon Bay suburb was seething with anger as she was turned away from voting by the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) officials on Wednesday, claiming she did not appear on the voters' roll even though the octogenarian claimed to have voted at the very same station in past elections.
Nontuthuzelo Sontshela, 82, woke up early on election day and headed to Sakhikamva High School accompanied by her daughter, Siphokazi, to vote there. Sontshela was beyond disbelief when she was instructed to turn back and go home by IEC officials who could not find her name on the voters' roll.
Speaking to I'solezwe lesiXhosa straight after being turned away, Sontshela angrily stated that her bone of contention was the fact that she had always voted at this same place in past years.
"I was born here in Nompumelelo, I do not know why I am not on that list of voters. I have voted at this place for years," she said.
Her daughter, Siphokazi said IEC officials simply apologised and asked her to go away.