Nababeep mine (Zukile Daniel, News24)
Springbok - The country needs leaders who build up communities and make residents proud, say teenagers from different rural towns in the Northern Cape.
Six youngsters told News24 how they felt about the upcoming local government elections and what their expectations were.
Romeo Ukena, from the small mining town of Aggenys, said South Africans needed to leave a legacy for their children and grandchildren.
"I think that our country needs the right leaders to rebuild the country like those years of Nelson Mandela, who fought for our freedom."
Concordia high school pupil, Fernando Williams, 15, said the fair election of political parties that would properly govern and not send the country on a downward spiral was important.
‘Fair and healthy life’
Springbok teenager Lize-Mari Burger, 17, agreed that choosing the right party in municipalities could make a "working difference" in every young person's life.
"That you can say 'I am from South Africa, I am proud of it' and you don't have to be ashamed of what is going on in your country but rather, you can wear your South African badge with pride," she said with a smile.
Kakamas Grade 9 pupil, Evander Kasimbingue, 15, said his simple expectation was that those elected to council provide for people's basic needs. He said parties should not take things for granted.
However, two teenagers News24 spoke to felt disillusioned.
Rowan Schamboua, 17, from the tiny town of Pofadder, said candidates just cared about votes but did not develop communities once they were in power.
Soft-spoken 13-year-old Edward Isaks, from Springbok, agreed that parties wanted people's votes but it was difficult to see changes.
"Kids can't walk late at night on the street," he said with his eyes cast down. "It makes your life confusing… elections don't make any difference."
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