South African elections, whether they are local or national, are historic events but none was more momentous than our first democratic vote in April 1994.
While original ballot papers from that election still proliferate, one in mint condition with the late President Nelson Mandela’s signature on it could be worth a small fortune. Jeremy Marten from Fish Hoek in the Cape has listed this piece of political memorabilia on Gumtree.co.za, South Africa’s largest online classifieds site, with an asking price of R50,000.
Marten says he bought it from a collector several years ago and would love to see it end up on display in a museum or public space of some kind. He is confident of his price because in 2011 a 1994 ballot paper signed by Madiba, FW de Klerk and Thabo Mbeki sold on auction for R80, 000.
Clare Cobbledick, Marketing Head for Gumtree SA, says “there’s always a spike in interest for politically connected items during election periods and anything related to President Mandela automatically generates interest on the site”.
“And when actually searching, we found a huge amount of gold Mandela coins, a Mandela and Pienaar signed 1995 World Cup rugby shirt and a few canvas portraits”, she continues.
Marten’s listed ballot paper can be bid on here.