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The Colour of Your Vote

21 April 2014, 14:45

We were discussing the upcoming election in class the other day when our teacher, Mrs Watkins, told us that Nelson Mandela wanted to reduce the voting age from eighteen to sixteen years.  

As we are fifteen going on sixteen, Mrs Watkins wondered if we were mature enough to decide for ourselves which party we'd vote for and not what our parents felt would be right.

"My father said that as black people we must always vote ANC as a sign of respect to our elders, who suffered during apartheid," said Sipho.

People all over the world have suffered for human rights," added Kirsten, the history brain.  "From the Suffragettes, the Black Sash and the World Wars.  Remember Hitler and Nazi Germany?  They even built a wall separating families and friends."

"Who were the Suffragettes?" whispered Anthony.

"What about dictators like Gaddafi, Hussein and Stalin?" continued Kirsten, carrying on a tad.

"Don't ask,"  said Tebego, frowning at Anthony, "or we'll be here all day."

"Well, I don't like the way religion is brought into politics," said Carmen, nearly in tears.  "Zuma said the ANC will rule until Jesus comes..."

"I thought that was Mugabe," interrupted Anthony.

Rolling her eyes, Carmen continued:  "... and that man who said Nkandla is a holy place.  How could he?"

"What about Julius Malema, who said he has to be everywhere, like the Holy Ghost?" asked Precious.

Nathan, affectionately known as Mr Google and a future marketing brand ambassador, stood up and marched to the front of the classroom.

"I sincerely believe it is all about colour," he began.

"What!" and "How so?" and "I don't believe this!" erupted my fellow learners.

"Let Nathan speak,"  said Mrs Watkins.

"You see, Malema has chosen red as the colour for the Economic Freedom Fighters.  I believe red denotes bloodshed, anger, fire and danger," Nathan said.

"I think he should have chosen orange," said Harry, the class clown, "not because that is the colour they wear in prison, but because it will suit him as the OROS Man.

"The colour of the EFF t-shirt is white inside," continued Ralph, " which means..."

"Which means they are two faced," nodded Tebego.

Nathan smiled and continued"  "The colours of the African National Congress are green and gold.  Green is fine.  I like green as this implies self control, growth and harmony..."

"Green also implies ignorance, envy, insensitivity and means you are uneducated and illiterate.  And it's not gold, it's yellow, like in yellow belly and yellow fever," shouted Dingane, tapping on his tablet.

"And, mellow yellow, like laid back." giggled Precious, unable to contain herself.

"Boooo," bellowed Grant, contributing his 10 cents worth.

"And, if you wear a green ribbon it means you are bipolar.  Ask my mother, she knows," confirmed Ashley.

"Okay then," said Nathan. "Now onto the Democratic Alliance.  Their chosen colour is blue.  Blue means peace, serenity, depth, stability, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence and truth," he added, counting on his fingers.

"Now I am so confused that I have the blues," moaned Melissa.  "I don't think I will ever vote at all."

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