Choosing a political party is difficult – Zwelinzima Vavi

2014-05-07 15:07

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It was a difficult process to choose a political party, said Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi after casting his vote earlier today.

“It’s not an easy job to do, to exercise [your right to vote] you take into cognisance all the current environments of terrible divisions, but you’re always hopeful for the future. Every time you vote, you vote for the future,” Vavi said. He said he was surprised by the long list of political parties on the ballot.

Vavi joined a steadily moving queue of voters at Ernest Ullmann Park in Morningside, Joburg. He was adamant about not jumping the queue, saying: “I was born in a queue. I will stand with the people.”

To pass time in the queue, Vavi posed for pictures and selfies with fellow voters.

He remained mum on who he planned to vote for, but jokingly gestured to a book he was carrying, Why Marx Was Right, by Terry Eagleton.

“I’m going to vote for this guy,” he said laughingly.

Vavi said he was disappointed at the low number of young people in the queue.

“Our country worked very hard to be where we are today. If we stay away from voting, it will mean that we are completely irresponsible and we aren’t exercising our right.”

But overall, he was happy with the voter turnout. “I’m glad that the queues are long. Voting has been smooth so far, not withstanding the few incidents of violence here and there, but these we can count on a single hand.”

He said South Africa was maturing as a democracy and that as a country, we needed to celebrate this achievement.

In this election, he said he was voting for jobs in “the current crisis that we are facing”. His vote was for those who were unemployed, lived below the poverty line and slept on an empty stomach.

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