The village girl who became the mother of SA elections

28 June 2015 - 02:00
By Brigalia Bam

I was driving to Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg, for an IEC [Independent Electoral Commission] public voter education meeting on the morning of February 19 1999 when president Nelson Mandela called. In a typical Madiba deep voice he said: "Hello Hlophe. This is Nelson. You remember I asked you to act as chairperson of the IEC when Judge [Johann] Kriegler resigned?"I just want to let you know that in just 15 minutes, I will be announcing to the nation that I have appointed you chairperson of th...

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