Vote even if you don’t vote ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa tells disgruntled youth

2014-05-07 12:21

“My brother, I am PAC, I am EFF. This is our land,” three young people said as Cyril Ramaphosa cast his vote at Hitekani Primary School in Soweto this morning.

The three were the only people on the street not dressed in ANC regalia or waiting to shake Ramaphosa’s hand. They also stood out because they were surrounded by older people, mostly pensioners.

Ramaphosa gave the expected speech: “I am making a choice among many parties and choosing a party I know and trust will move South Africa forward.” The ANC supporters took this in, nodding their heads in agreement.

“And we will continue to transform our country. I have no doubt South Africans will vote for a party I voted for,” said Ramaphosa.

A disgruntled youth, not holding a microphone nor a recorder, mumbled in Ramaphosa’s direction: “But what about education? There’s no money to take us to school. That’s why I’m not voting.”

Ramaphosa replied: “There is money, we have paid it. The youth should vote. Even when you choose to not vote for the ANC.”

The young man seemed irritated by his response and walked away. Ramaphosa answered questions about Codesa negotiations and whether the ANC needed a similar intervention. He said the ANC needed no such intervention.

He answered questions about whether there was a place for foreigners in South Africa. He said: “South Africa belongs to all those who live in it” and it had the only Constitution that made such a big statement in the world.

Ramaphosa said he was confident that South Africans would vote for the ANC and that voting would proceed well around the country. He walked out of the school and into the latest Range Rover model. His wife followed him in a Porsche Cayenne Sport car.

Such luxury against the backdrop of abject poverty did not seem to bother the ANC supporters, most of whom walked into their dilapidated houses across the street afterwards.

The three young people continued their heated debate about whether to vote for Malema or the PAC. Ramaphosa told the crowd he was on his way to Mahikeng, then Lichtenburg. And, “should time allow, Rustenburg”.

As he drove off, the journalists left. There was no commotion of people voting. The street was dead.

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