Zille’s ‘funky’, say schoolgirls

2011-05-20 10:55

A group of Pretoria West High School girls visiting the Independent Electoral Commission’s results centre were impressed with DA leader Helen Zille’s “funky” dress sense, but momentarily confused by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

The pupils had spotted Zille speaking to reporters during a school visit to the centre, and the party leader had walked over to speak to them.

Earlier, they had spoken of meeting their “humble and fashionistic [sic] role model”.

The girls said they loved Zille’s “funky” dress sense, including her tackies, T-shirts, and the way she did her hair.

“She told us to finish our studies without having babies,” 17-year-old Prudance Mabokela said, to chuckles from her classmates.

“But its not funny, what she said. She is guiding us and advising us against teenage pregnancy. She is such a role model.”

Mabokela said she thought Zille was humble.

“I love how humble and controlled she is. She says she is proud of the DA’s results.”

Tebogo Mochitele (17) said she felt proud that Zille was “a woman in politics”, a field that was mostly male dominated.

“How many female leaders do you see in South Africa? Not many. She is the first and most inspirational of them all,” she said.

The Grade 10 girls were also impressed by the IEC’s main nerve centre.

Comments overheard included “Wow! Things are so bright!”, “Look, its so blue!” and “That is one big screen!”.

Kabelo Mpebe (17), said the experience was an exciting one.

“It affords us the opportunity to get exposed to politics and the elections. I now feel like I am also involved in voting, not just my parents,” she said.

Her schoolmate, Micke Kannemeyer (15), agreed.

“From today onwards, I pledge to vote when I reach a suitable age,” she vowed.

Moments later, Mantashe walked past the group.

“Oh look! Its Mr... Mr... Mr... er, ah yes, Mr Mantashe from the ANC... he is great!” one of the girls said.

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