Originally Posted by Hagar
In South Africas first free and fair election were all South Africans living abroad not allowed to vote? I stand to correction, but think they were.
If so, have the goal posts not been moved?
I could have sworn South Africans were able to vote in many countries overseas and neighbouring countries in the 1994 elections. This bugged me, and I have done some research to verify this burning question in my mind.
With the help of a web site â€œfairvoteâ€, and communication with some learned colleagues there my suspicion has been put to rest.
YES South African living abroad were able to vote in many counties outside SA in the 1994 election.
Quote: â€œIn 1994 there were polling places for South Africans living abroad in many parts of the worldâ€¦â€¦..most notably in the USA, Britain and Australia.â€
Which brings me back to my original gripe and the goal posts being moved, post 1994 election. This was a negotiated condition pre the 1994 election, and was a gesture to the many SA living in Exile who had supported the struggle. Great Stuff !!! as these votes were vital to the â€œhopefullyâ€ new democracy and acknowledgment of the sacrifices many made in their support for the struggle.
After that, most living in Exile returned and many others left. I assume the vote of those that have left pre and post 1994 election are (again assumed) not to be in the interest of the ruling party, and hence the goal post have been moved, and SA living abroad have NOT had the right to vote since.
I personally see this much like a birth right, and believe that South Africans living abroad should have the right vote. Be that a postal vote or other.
Thanks for listening, I will now put my soap box back under my bed, cheers Hagar the Horrible.