'Now we vote, later we protest' – Mpumalanga voters

2016-08-04 18:40
(Cathryn Reese, News24)

Barberton - Some people seemed to have voted not because the process was important to them, but to keep their ID "active" and ensure they "can be recognised by the government".

At the Louisville voting station outside Barberton, voter Simon Madonsela, 52, said on Wednesday that voting was not an "important thing" to him.

"That is why I make those Xs with my eyes closed. Whoever gets my vote has been blessed by my ancestors. I just vote to keep my ID book on track. I am not voting for anything because there is really nothing to vote for; just lies, lies, lies," he said.

He did not see the point of voting.

Free T-shirts

"Even if they give us T-shirts for free, it does not mean anything. According to me this is a waste of time. Now we're voting; six weeks later we will be protesting for lack of service delivery.

"But I also cannot refuse free things, so when they dish out T-shirts we take them," he said with a twinkle in his eye.

Another voter, Sibongile Mkhabela, 34, said she had been voting for change as nothing seemed to be working. She hoped things would change this time.

"I'm really crossing fingers that this party I vote for will do better now. We have been suffering a lot during the past few years. The year 2016 has been the worst. I'm really hoping for the best. We are tired of suffering," she said.

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