ANC stalwart Lillian Diedricks, 68, who played a pivotal role in the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Building was in high spirits after she cast her vote in the 2011 Municipal Elections in Nelson Mandela Bay earlier today.
“When I drew my cross on those ballot papers today the memories of all those years in the struggle came flooding back. Suddenly it was as if I was standing at the polling station when I voted for the first time in 1994. It’s amazing, finally I felt like a living citizen on this earth.
“I felt alive. I feel uplifted. I feel fantastic this morning,” said Diedricks who cast her vote at the Alpha Primary School in Gelvandale shortly before 9.30 pm.
Diedricks said seeing all of the people and especially the younger generation queuing up to vote made her feel proud because for years people fought so that everyone could enjoy that freedom.
“Our struggle for democracy took many lives, blood, sweat and tears, but it has all been worthwhile,” said Diedricks.
Many of the voters who recognised Diedricks at Alpha Primary smiled while others stopped to greet and give her a hug.