CAPE TOWN Heavy rain late. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

7 day
  • Tuesday 15-19°c Mostly sunny. Mild. Mostly sunny. Mild.
    Wednesday 12-19°c Rain late. More clouds than sun. Mild. Rain late. More clouds than sun. Mild.
    Thursday 15-18°c Thunderstorms. More clouds than sun. Mild. Thunderstorms. More clouds than sun. Mild.
    Friday 13-19°c More sun than clouds. Mild. More sun than clouds. Mild.
    Saturday 12-17°c Mostly sunny. Mild. Mostly sunny. Mild.
    Sunday 12-16°c Strong thunderstorms. Morning clouds. Cool. Strong thunderstorms. Morning clouds. Cool.
More News

'My grandchild convinced me of the importance of my vote'

2016-03-05 14:45
location elections
(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

Johannesburg – "I decided I can no longer leave my country in other people's hands. I need to make a change and this is the only way I know how."

At 76-years-old, Tanya Whitfield was overjoyed as she registered on Saturday morning for the first time in Northcliff so she could take part the upcoming local government elections.

Whitfield is a mother of two and has four grandchildren. Dressed in white, she said her dress signified a new chapter in her life. "It's time for me to stand up and make my family proud," she said.

She told News24 she decided to vote to make a difference in her grandchildren’s lives.

Accompanied by her 84-year-old husband, Whitfield said she had always left the voting up to him. “He has always been the one voting. I never really cared much for politics and I never knew how much my vote mattered,” she said.

'Woke up' from ignorance

Whitfied said she "woke-up" from what she referred to as her "ignorance" when her 12-year-old grandchild convinced her of the importance of her vote.

“I was baking with my grandchild when she asked who I was voting for this year. I told her I had never voted and she laughed at me.

"She explained what her teacher told her about voting and how important it was. The current crisis we find ourselves under was an added motivation,” she said.

Whitfield said she would make it her job to learn more about political parties before she decided which she would make her mark beside in the ballot papers come August.

“I want to know about the ANC, DA and that young man from the red party [EFF’s Julius Malema]. They are all important and it's important I learn about them to make my decision.”

Read more on: johannesburg  |  local elections 2016

More In This Category
IEC announces by-election date

The IEC has announced a date for municipal ward by-elections.

ANC Limpopo urges party to rebuild, dismisses early conference talk

The ANC in Limpopo has vowed to reform itself and has urged branches to focus on rebuilding instead of holding an early special conference or consultative conference.

3 more arrests for slain DA councillor, partner

Three more people have appeared in court in connection with the murders of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner, the Northern Cape Hawks have said.

ANC 'colluding' MEC in hung councils hits back at IFP

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has hit back at the Inkatha Freedom Party which has accused her of working with the ANC to stall processes in hung municipalities.

News24 |   OLX  |  PROPERTY24  |  CAREERS24  |  SPREE  |  AUTOTRADER  |