Votes still cast in black and white

2014-05-11 11:00

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Two decades after the country’s first democratic elections, South Africans still vote mainly along racial lines.

ANC national executive committee member Lindiwe Zulu said her party discussed the matter yesterday, and laments a “painful situation whereby voters make decisions based on race and not on policy”.

She added: “Although the ANC strives for a nonracial society, it is not an easy feat. We are not going to be able to do it alone. We need everyone, including white business, to work with [us],” she said.

But as long as a large gap exists between rich and poor, voting along race and class lines will continue for years to come, according to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Gauteng premier candidate Dali Mpofu.

“We knew exactly that people would cast their votes based on the colour of their skin. That is why we only campaign in townships and squatter camps because most people in the affluent suburbs would not hear us,” he said.

But DA leader Helen Zille said the outcome of the elections and her party’s growth in Indian and black communities were signs that theirs was not a whites-only organisation.

City Press matched racial demographic data gathered during Census 2011 to the voting results in nine old, racially homogenous neighbourhoods and two newer, more integrated suburbs.

There was definite evidence of race-based voting.

» Get City Press newspaper today for the full breakdown.

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