It’s not about parties — it’s about who does what for SA

2014-05-08 00:00

ANC, ANC, Cope — and now EFF.

That’s been the voting pattern of Khumbulani Nene, a current EFF supporter from Nxamalala, near Pietermaritzburg.

“I am making a better future for my children,” Nene said yesterday, explaining why he was voting for Julius Malema’s new party.

Nene was one of the few ANC members in the then IFP stronghold of Nxamalala in the 1990s, but he left the party after becoming disillusioned as a result of the murder of his comrade Mncedi Makhathini in 2002.

The Witness accompanied Nene to his voting station at Nxamalala Hall in Sweetwaters yesterday. The community hall there was a hive of activity with a happy atmosphere amongst the throngs of voters.

Nene said he was happy he could join the political party he wanted to without being victimised.

“I was a sturdy member of the ANC and voted for the party in 1994 and 1999 but in 2004 I stopped supporting the party and did not vote that year,” said Nene, the father of two children.

Nene said he joined Cope in 2008 and was subsequently elected provincial deputy secretary. He voted for the party in 2009.

“Last year, I resigned from Cope as I was not happy.”

He said he had now joined the EFF because he found their policies to be relevant to what he wants for the future of South Africa.

“The past has passed. This party (EFF) is going to be the next leaders of the country. Watch this space,” he said.

Nene said the ANC had played its role in achieving democracy for South Africa but the main problem facing the ruling party now is the creation of economic freedom to reach the previously marginalised groups of this country.

“The EFF has the potential to give South Africa economic freedom as some of our people remain in abject poverty,” said Nene.

Nene was an HOD at Merchiston Preparatory School but left in 2010 to teach at Eastwood Primary School.

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