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Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

Bobby Stevenson of the district attorney casts the final vote as public representative

By Vaseline May27,2024

Democratic Alliance leader in the Eastern Cape legislature, Bobby Stevenson, was among the first to cast their votes during Monday’s special voting.

The IEC reserved Monday and Tuesday for the 1.6 million South Africans who registered for the special vote, while the rest of the country went to the polls on Wednesday.

The veteran politician has made his mark for the last time at Lawson Brown High School in Gqeberha as a public representative as he retires at the end of this administration.

“I am very excited to cast my vote in these elections because for the first time the ANC will not get a majority vote,” he said.

When asked if he had achieved what he was working towards when he joined the party over forty years ago, he replied; “We campaigned for a non-racial South Africa at the time and that has now happened. However, there is still a long way to go before we can achieve real freedom for the people of the country.”

Stevenson was an assemblyman from 1988 to 1999, when he moved to the provincial legislature in Bhisho.

“I just felt the time was right to resign. We have a great team of emerging young people and they must be given the space to lead. But I am certainly not leaving active politics. “I will still be involved in the Democratic Alliance, just not a member of the legislature,” he added.

Meanwhile, Algoa FM News also spoke to some other constituents, including local Allan Hings from Gqeberha, who said he hoped for better services to all communities in the city.

“We have a beautiful city, but it is declining because of a lack of services.”

Student Ayonelisa Mashiya said the public has not seen any change in 30 years of democracy.

“I am a student funded by NSFAS, but I have not received any of my allowances, and that is the change I want to see. I want better processes to be followed in the allocation of NSFAS allowances.”

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