It’s because of the ANC that I drive a Merc, says voter

2014-05-07 18:07

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A Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 bearing Jacob Zuma’s face was quite the talking point at a voting station in Houghton, Joburg.

“I like this car here, I wonder if corruption pays,” said a voter with a smirk on his face as he looked at the luxury car decorated in ANC colours with the slogans “I AM ANC” and “Vote ANC”.

First-time voter 21-year-old Omolemo Mpete also had an issue with the car. “It’s such a beautiful car, such an expensive car. They [ANC] could have settled for a cheaper car and used that money somewhere else. Such a waste.”

Mpete said the ANC “obviously hasn’t done much for the youth”.

She added that her biggest concern was the large number of unemployed graduates.

“This is where I am going to be in a few years [unemployed]. I am going to vote for a party that promotes fairness and a better future everywhere.”

Her friend, Tshidiso Forane (22), also criticised the ANC’s display of excess.

“It is such a waste of money. I have already decided I am not voting for the ANC. I know people who have been used and then thrown out by the ANC.”

Forane said he would cast his vote for a party that “will make things better for me like infrastructure, jobs and education”.

But it seems the voters misjudged the ANC. The car did not belong to the party but to Amos Hadebe, an ANC member who said, “it is because of the ANC that we can drive these cars and that affirmative action is in action”.

Other voters felt the car was in bad taste but said they had voted against the ANC.

“There is nothing that the ANC has done for us in the Eastern Cape,” said Lulama Madinga. Her daughter said the youth was tired of the ANC’s empty promises.

“We have qualifications but no jobs. We are tired. We changed our votes,” she said as she walked away.

But 59-year-old domestic worker Tsakani Maluleke said she would still vote for the ANC even though it has not done anything for her.

“They haven’t done anything for me but I see what they have done for others and I think my turn is still coming. I see other black people living in these big houses and I think there’s hope. I could never change [my vote] and even if I change, where will I go,” said Maluleke.

Most voters said this year’s elections were busier than the 2009 elections, citing the contestation of Gauteng as the main reason.

Houghton resident Michelle Cohen said: “People came out in [their] numbers, all bets are off. Between the DA, ANC and EFF, people want to make sure they use this opportunity to vote for their party.”

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