Maimane just a front for whites, but I won't vote ANC - first-time voter

2016-07-14 17:05
Mokheri Marapyane, the first-time voter who is in two minds about who to vote for. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Polokwane - A first-time voter from Turfloop in Limpopo is in two minds about who she should vote for in the local government elections, but believes Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane is just a front to attract black voters.

"I'm stuck between DA and EFF. I believe that in the DA, Mmusi Maimane is just a front and the white people are telling him what to do," Mokheri Marapyane told News24.

"When it comes to the EFF, they just like to fight, but if Mmusi Maimane and the EFF leader [Julius Malema] were to combine and be one person, that party would be able to lead our nation."

Marapyane said she believed the pair had the interests of the country at heart, but said she was not sure if they could achieve the dream of leading individually.

"I don't know who to choose. By August 3, I would have come to a decision on who to vote for," she said.

Despite being undecided, she was adamant that the African National Congress would not be getting her vote. She said the party had gone astray.

"I believe the ruling party now is no longer the same from the previous years. Things have changed and they are only looking out for themselves. Whenever they get money, they look out for their families," she said.

Ntombizodwa Maahlo, another first-time voter, said she would vote for the DA. She said the bad publicity surrounding President Jacob Zuma has put her off the ANC. She added that she was excited about voting for the first time.

"I'm going to vote because I believe [the] party I vote for will be able to make a difference. I will vote for DA and not ANC," she said.

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