How can I not vote on 27 April 1994 for a new start to Freedom?

FREEDOM DAY
Hot on the heels of the 16 June 1976 freedom revolution on the streets of South Africa by our kids plans were set in place to free Nelson Mandela so that he can govern the country. The riots made very little impact on the Muslim leadership who were more concerned about “boere” desecrating mosque carpets. Free Mandela Committees mushroomed in all the townships. I received orders to mobilise the Muslim leadership and they flocked to the Bekoedratulla Hall in Cashel Avenue at the invitation of the Muslim Students Association(MSA) to adopt a resolution calling for the release of Nelson Mandela. As hurriedly as the representatives of 75 Muslim bodies entered the Hall they left including the MJC delegation for fear of detention and MSA stalwarts were left to tell the world about this resolution. The secretary of the MJC gave me the keys to their office across the road so I could use their typewriter and photocopying facilities. Off we went to the newspapers not using St Georges Street but entrances closer to Bree Street. St Georges Street entrance was for whites. I included Achmat Cassiem’s name in the release call as the Qibla freedom fighters were the only other activists prepared to get involved further. My proudest moment at the time was to send  telegrams asking for the Saudi King and Brother Leader Muammar Gaddafi whose guest I was a few years earlier to help release Mandela. This I kept quiet not to get the wrath of some of my comrades wo had issues about the monarchy. But the order was “do whatever you can” to get Muslim support. My arrest later is another story but then comes 27 April 1994 and I am faced by the Islamic Unity Convention’s resolution “not to vote” and I am the Convention’s P.R.O. As I stood in the line to vote I had to use my talents as a novice spin doctor to convince myself “How can I not vote”. We got Mandela released and now we must help him govern.