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'I'm voting for jobs,' says commerce student

2016-03-06 12:20
Herman Mashaba speaks to first time voter Mpho (Genevieve Quintal)

Johannesburg - A first-time voter who is a Bachelor of Commerce student at Damelin College in Johannesburg says he will be voting for jobs.

The 19-year-old took a walk to the Sandton Fire Station so that he could register to vote.

"I think it's very important to vote because I will be making a change," he told News24.

"It's very important for everyone to vote especially the young ones."

Asked if he was excited to vote for the first time, Mpho, who did not want to give his surname, said it was not really at the forefront of his mind as his mother was ill, but he understood the importance of making his mark on voting day.

The young man met the Democratic Alliance's Johannesburg mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba at the voting station.

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He had a chance to chat to Mashaba and snapped a photo with the Black Like Me founder.

Mpho did not say who he would be voting for, but he believed the unemployment rate needed to come down.

"That's why I'm voting for jobs.

"I think I'm kind of giving you a hint of what I'm going to vote for. It's very important for everyone to vote for change," he said.

Whether or not the country was ready for change, Mpho said, "we must give it a shot".

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