Pretoria - Areas that were rocked by protests during the
voter registration weekend must be visited and the problems addressed, the ANC
said on Sunday.
“We must go back to those communities and address the
issues that the people were raising but at the same time, we will call on
communities that whatever difficulties they face, they must allow people to
register,” ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.
He said despite protests in a few areas and people not
registering in those areas, the voter registration weekend was a huge success.
He said the protests must also be seen as a form of
“We think the work that has been done for the past 15
years of local government; people are now appreciating the importance of local
government. That is why there was a high level of participation. Including in
areas where there were protests. That is a form of participation. People were
expressing their unhappiness,” he said.
Kodwa said although people have a right to protest and
express dissatisfaction, not voting was not the way to go to have their
“A vote is important. It’s the only way they can
participate and improve whatever difficulties they face. Not voting is not
going solve their problems. Come the next round of registration, we will focus
on those communities where there were protests to make sure people come out
because its only in the interests of those communities that people register to
“They must register and vote for a person of their
choice, a party of their choice. Someone who will then address the issues they
have now. It’s only through a vote that they can have a voice,” he added.
Kodwa said the ANC was happy with the overall turnout and
the enthusiasm that was shown by the youth.