‘Today, I feel like a proper citizen of SA’

2014-05-08 00:00

VOTING for the first time was an opportunity Zama Ngobese (20) would not have missed for the world; she has been looking forward to it for a very long time.

Ngobese, a so-called “born-free” from Sobantu Village, said being an academic studying towards a Bachelor of Social Science degree, which she is now doing through Unisa, and majoring in politics, made her yearn for the day she finally cast her vote.

“Today, I feel like a proper citizen of this country at last, because I have participated in my first vote,” she said.

She was speaking to The Witness at the Sobantu High School voting station. Ngobese said it felt good to be part of the decision about which government should be in charge of the country because “our forefathers fought so hard for our right to vote”.

“We have challenges of youth unemployment, a lack of service delivery and corruption within government, but none of this made me change my mind about voting for the ANC,” she said.

Ngobese said the ANC, with all its flaws, is still an organisation that not only has a rich history but has the potential to do more for this country.

“My vote for the ANC is just a renewal of its contract but it does not mean that we as citizens should not be vigilant in ensuring that there is accountability for those elected to serve the nation,” said Ngobese.

She said it worried her when she read about billions of rand going unaccounted for by government when there are students that require funding to pursue their studies. “I hope my vote and active citizenry will help shape this country for the better,” Ngobese said.

Ngobese hopes that voting yesterday is only the beginning of good things for the youth of this country.

“We as youths need to use the opportunities that other generations older than us never had to make this country a better place to live in,” she said.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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