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#Elections2014: Make your mark

2014-05-07 10:19
SanaMabena Comments: 0 Article views: 3

This year South Africans have another opportunity to have a say on how this country should be run and, most importantly, who should be at the helm of this be beautiful country. It is an opportunity for us to exercise our hard - won right to participate in the shaping of the future of this great nation.

It is only the ignorant and hopelessly stupid who need to be reminded that our right to vote came at a hefty price. That there are people who risked life and limb, while others paid the ultimate price, for us to have a right to vote.

It is unfortunate that this right, in twenty years, has not brought about change in the social conditions of the majority in this country. This is one of those things that we need to keep in mind as we prepare to go to the polls.

The 2014 elections affords us a once in a while opportunity to have a say on how issues such as unemployment, poverty, inequality, landlessness, poor service delivery and corruption should be dealt with. These are some of the issues, as we all know, that have over the past few years prompted poor communities to take to the streets. Now is the time for these communities to use ballot papers instead of burning tyres and stones to voice their grievances. The time is now.

We heard them make promises - some catchy and inspiring while some bordered on the ridiculous. We have seen them walk the dusty streets of poverty stricken townships and villages, and kissing babies while at it. The forgotten were remembered.

It is now up to each of us to decide who is worth our few seconds behind the ballot booth.

This is a great opportunity, seize it with both hands and make the most of it. Happy election day peeps!

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