First-time voters desperate for change

2011-05-18 18:59

Xolisani Tuku (19) voted for the first time in the 2011 local government elections – to see and experience change.

“You can see the conditions we are living in: there are no good toilets, people live in shacks and everybody is living all squashed up next to each other,” he said.

Tuku hails from the Eastern Cape and came to Johannesburg last year seeking better job opportunities, but has had no luck.

“At least if government can create jobs and put proper toilets because the pit toilets we have now stink and the kids like to play close to them and accidents happen and they fall inside,” he said.

Another first-time voter, Tebogo Mathole (18), complained about the queues in Zandspruit. “I have been waiting here since before 7am, these people are so slow.”

He added that the spotlights in the area worked for the first time last night – likely because of the elections.

Lucky Mokoena (26) said: “This place is very dirty. Pipes burst and there’s just water everywhere, plus people just throw out their water outside. We want to see government do something about this.”

Diepsloot Extension 8 was a similar sight of long queues but the station there was divided into four sub-stations to get the queues moving faster.

Amos Nokeri (28) complained about power cuts and the water getting cut off without prior warning.

But he said he would still vote for the party he had always voted for because “they have made changes in my life”.

An unemployed resident, Johannes Lethoko, said: “I love the ANC, it has made changes but they take a long time. I am not happy because I applied for a house in 2002 but whenever I go back to the department of housing, they always tell me to re-apply and my application has gotten nowhere.”

A chopper bearing the ANC logo appeared unexpectedly in the sky prompting waves and cheers from the crowds.

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