Youth on elections

Election Day will be on Wednesday May 8 this year, and President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on citizens to exercise their right to vote. Kenya Davids spoke to youth on the street to find out if they are voting, why or why not, and the importance of the upcoming elections.

Lauren Fortuin, 19, from Kuils River, says she will be voting this year because she believes voting is part of independence and thinking for yourself. “Even though it’s just one vote, it really makes a massive difference, and it can impact the entire future of the country.”

Kyle Meyer, 23, from Hangberg, says he will voting because his parents and grandparents fought for the right. “I feel like I owe it to them to use my right. Back then, they had to struggle to get to where we are today, and it wouldn’t be fair of me to take that for granted.”

Danielle Bam, 27, from Sun Valley, says she won’t be voting. She firmly believes her vote holds no meaning due to the high levels of corruption in this country. “No matter which box I tick, we all know who will be leading South Africa again. It’s a shame.”

Anthea Jansen, 23, from Hangberg, says she’s not sure if she’ll be voting. “I’m still deciding. I thought I made up my mind, but then I changed it again. At this point in time, I think it would be easier voting for my favourite colour.”

Vuyo Tengwa, 29, from Imizamo Yethu, says he will be voting because it is his duty to help create a better South Africa for the future generations to come. “I know who I am voting for, and I am confident that they will lead the public into the right direction. Voting is a privilege and anyone who can do it, should do it.”

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