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There's an electric atmosphere about the 5th election

01 May 2014, 05:30

I can feel the vibe about May 7

There is an electric atmosphere about the 5th national and provincial election.

Everyone is excited about the upcoming national and provincial elections and people are looking forward to casting their votes. From the rural Bungeni village in Limpopo to the northern suburbs of the city of gold, from universities to taxi ranks, shisanyama's, private parties, stadia, and churches everyone is talking about the 7 May elections.

Social networks are abuzz; our expats in different parts of the world are following the developments in our country and judging from what they say in social networks it’s evident that they are also looking forward to casting their votes on the 30th April.

What I’ve noticed is that it is mainly young people, the middle and the working class that are very excited and looking forward to this day.

I've been asking myself why there is such an excitement about these elections.

I've come to conclude that what create this urge is not because of the Marikana tragedy where miners where mowed down for demanding a decent living wage, neither is the landing of a private airplane by the Gupters in our national key point, nor the privatization of our roads in the form of eTolls.

Could it be the passing of our icon Madiba?

Or is it the fake sign language interpreter, Mr Janties who was hired by our government to interpret the speeches of some powerful leaders of the world including the likes of Obama, risking their safety? Is it the Nkandla corruption scandal, where a quarter of a Billion Rand was spent on our President’s private residence? I think not. I don't think it's even the emergence of the likes of Agang, Or Gayton's PA.

It is also not the DA's Gauteng premier candidate and believe me it's also not Kasril's "Vote No" campaign that generates this huge interest in the upcoming elections.

We have had many service delivery protests across the country and it is true that some were as a result of the upcoming elections.

However I believe it is rather the “Juju factor” that’s creating this atmosphere.  It is one Sello, popularly known as Julius Malema! His new party is hardly one year old yet even the oldest movement in our land seems to be shaken.

I know for sure that the EFF will not win the 7 May elections but Malema, despite his shortcomings, will go down in history as the man who once changed the political spectrum in South Africa.

Imagine if he didn't recover from that knockdown by the ANC NDC, politics would be dull and I don’t think there would be such an excitement about the 7 May polls. Go cast your vote! Its the right thing to do. Matimba! Mayibuye!

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