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Pandemonium erupted at a polling station yesterday when IEC officials refused to let a 95-year-old man vote because "he was dead".
The pensioner, Alfred Letsoalo, was told to leave the voting station at the Revival Church of Nazarene in Metz, GaSekororo, near Hoedspruit in Limpopo and consult with home affairs to "find out if he was alive or dead".
On hearing that he was referred to as being dead, Letsoalo shouted at the officials and demanded an explanation.
"I'm not a ghost. I'm fully alive and all I want now is to vote. How dare you call me a ghost when I just received my old age grant last week," he asked the virtually terrified officials.
He was calmed down by ward 3 councillor Jacob Letsoalo who took him to the department, some 5km from the station, where he was "proven" to be alive.
"The IEC asked us to come with stamped proof that he was alive and he later voted," said Letsoalo. - Alex Matlala