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I am tired of the ANC's empty promises - Pilgrim’s Rest car washers

2016-08-02 11:04
Two men in Pilgrim's Rest say they will not vote this year. They wash cars for a living. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Johannesburg – Two unemployed car washers in Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumalanga, say it is useless to vote because the ANC does nothing for the country. 

Vusi Mkonto, 28, has been living in Pilgrim's Rest for the past five years.  

Mkonto is dressed in a blue jacket, torn Adidas flops, grey pants and an orange bleached cap.

He believes voting is a waste of time. 

"We have been voting for the ANC all these time, and nothing has changed," he said.

His friend, Mike Nxumalo, 33, has been a resident of Pilgrim's Rest his entire life. 

Nxumalo worked in the mine before it closed down. 

"I was working at the TGMA Stone Wall for five years, but it unfortunately got shut down," he said. 

The 33-year-old is dressed in green overall pants, a dark blue jacket, dark brown shoes and a light brown beanie. 

'Nothing has changed under the ANC'

Holding an old model phone in his hand, Nxumalo said service delivery in Pilgrim's Rest was poor. 

"We still suffer with water and electricity. I am tired of the ANC's empty promises," he said.

He said he was not going to vote this year. 

"We have been promised houses and basic needs, but nothing has changed under the ANC. It is useless to vote," he said.

The two friends depend on the little they get from washing cars, despite some of the local shop owners having put up boards warning tourist not pay any attention to the car washers. 

The men make very little for the effort they put in to make the best of their circumstances. 

"After the mine closed down, this is all we have now," he said.  

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