‘Govt needs to create job opportunities’

2014-05-08 00:00

BEFORE 1994, voting had always been a pipe dream for Ntombinkulu Mavis Mabena (70), but when she cast her first vote on April 27, it became a dream come true. Getting ready to go and vote yesterday at Napierville, she said she was 50 years old when she first voted.

“It was one of the most exciting feelings I have ever experienced because before then only white people were allowed to vote on our behalf.

“This meant we had never had a voice to choose a government in our own country as Africans,” said the retired Edendale Hospital nursing supervisor.

Mabena was not shy to say 20 years ago she had voted for Nelson Mandela’s ANC and yesterday voted for “Jacob Zuma’s ANC”.

“We lived under apartheid. I remember the buses that were only used by whites with ‘Europeans only’ written on them, but voting for me has nothing to do with the past but ensures the party with a mandate to do a proper job for this country remains in power,” she said.

Mabena said the challenges of youth unemployment and poverty cannot be attributed to the ANC’s failing.

“We need our government to stop building RDP houses and use the money that would be going there to create job opportunities and people can then build houses for themselves,” she said.

She said because the government continues building houses for people it encourages the development of a welfare state, which should not be the case.

Mabena wants to see political parties reduced to just two parties.

“We need to have a ruling party and an opposition party to strengthen our democracy because all these small political parties do not add value to our democracy.”

She said while there are reports of corruption in both government and the private sector, this shows that the present government does not hide corrupt elements, unlike the apartheid government where corruption thrived.

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