A POSSIBLE CHANGE IN 2016 ELECTIONS
By: Nomxolisi Nkosi
On the 27th April 1994, South Africa saw elections where citizens from all races were allowed to vote.
In the year 2016, South Africans who have been voting since 1994 will be voting for the 6th time since apartheid ended. Many citizens are said to be voting for change.
Each time they place their votes, they hope for a better country.
The transformation of equality has been, by far seen, but do people still see the importance of voting? Are they willing to stay loyal to their parties? If not, are they willing to change them?
Faith Njoko, a student at UNISA said that she does not vote and is not planning to because a majority of people will always vote for the ANC and she believes that DA deserves a chance.
“Many people think that they owe (the) ANC a favour. They turn a blind eye on other parties and what they can do,” she said.
Ayanda Dlamini (24) from KwaMashu and also an unemployed woman who has a diploma in marketing, said that she has been voting for ANC in the past three elections.
She also said that although she has been a loyal citizen to the ANC, she feels that they are not doing enough to create job opportunities for young and qualified citizens.
“Our president is busy upgrading himself instead of grooming the young citizens for a better future of the country,” said Dlamini.
As much as your vote is supposed to be a secret, the angry people whose need are not catered for by the government says which parties they are voting for.
There is nothing more the citizens want than change and the government who will serve their needs and make them a priority A DA voter, Sibusiso Gumede, who works at a supermarket, said that he only changed parties at the 2011 elections because he believed other parties also deserved a chance.
“I am grateful at what the ANC did to get the country’s freedom, but I believe having a future is not sticking to one thing that you believe the other can do better than. I will continue voting
for the party I changed to,” he said.
Every party has promises to bring change. Citizens are still holding on some promises that were made to them by their ruling party, but are they willing to place their votes on other
parties? Or they still hope for the better?
A student by the name of Noxolo Mthembu said that the ANC will always be the ruling party no matter how much people can complain about it. She said that as long as we have old
people voting, they will always vote for the ANC because they believe they owe them that much.
Fortunately South Africa is a free country and people are free to vote for whichever party they believe will bring them change.