This morning I happened across an article, stating that according to a survey conducted by, Pondering Panda that one in five young voters do not know who they will be voting for! They went on to say that out of a total of 2212 people who participated a total of 18% did not know which box they intended on ticking come the 2014 elections!
Now i can only assume why so many people (greater number in real life) do not know who to vote for. There could be a number of reasons! Like them, when I came of age in 2004 and was eligible to vote, i did not know who to vote for and my choice was influenced by my parents, not only because i did not know much of the happenings in politics but as a youngster you do what you are told! At my 2nd elections I had built up enough knowledge to influence my own choice and so I decided on my own. without interference! I can only hope that today's young voters read as much as they can and keep an open mind as to in who's hands they wish to place their futures in.
As i have said in previous articles, a lot of the black youth (all youth for that matter) base their vote on what they have been taught! Older generations are very stuck in their ways, and that plays a vital role in voting! A lot of rural areas do not get to witness the happenings of today's ANC, and still vote for them for the simple reason that it was the ANC who fought for their freedom! But in the same breath to say that the ANC of today and the ANC of yesteryear are one in the same is delusional! Corruption pollutes the party, and its seems are bursting with distrust within the party.
For the youth of today to make a decision of sound mind one must consider helping out by creating awareness! Their are many voters who know well the short comings of the ruling party, yet continue to vote for them because it is easier to vote out of familiarity than to take a gamble on a new life and future! If we wish to change South Africa then we are going to need to band together and vote for change!
Word of mouth is one of the greatest weapons at our disposal and if we do not make an attempt to educate the youth, then i fear next year the ANC will again be elected into the "pound seat". To some this might sound like the ramblings of a 20 something year old, but in retrospect i speak the truth! If we want to blame someone for what is happening in our country we should start blaming ourselves first! Without our help we will not achieve the change we all so badly need and want! If we want change, then start by going to any and all the young voters you know, and attempt to educate them and awaken them to what is in their control!
One nation, One people!!!
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