CAPE TOWN Partly cloudy. Mild.

7 day
  • Tuesday 19-22°c a few showers. Partly cloudy. Cool. a few showers. Partly cloudy. Cool.
    Wednesday 17-21°c More sun than clouds. Cool. More sun than clouds. Cool.
    Thursday 16-22°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Friday 16-24°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Saturday 18-22°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Sunday 18-25°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
More News

Sex worker registers to vote because she wants another job

2016-03-07 08:50
A Bloemfontein sex worker who registered to vote for change. (Jeanette Chabalala,News24)

Bloemfontein – A sex worker said she registered for the local government elections in Bloemfontein this past weekend so that she could vote for a politician who will create other work opportunities for her.

News24 visited at least six voter registration stations in the Free State city on Sunday, where voters trickled in at a slow pace.  

At most of the stations, officials sat and waited for residents, saying they hoped the turn-out would increase as the day progressed. 

A 37-year-old sex worker from Dinaweng outside Bloemfontein, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had registered to vote, hoping it would change her situation. 

"I don’t like working as a prostitute. I am hoping that my vote will give me an opportunity to leave this life behind," she said. 

The woman said she has been a sex worker for more than seven years. 

"My children think that I am a domestic worker and that is fine. But my main concern now is to get a decent job. I registered so that my children can have a better future."

Another woman, also from Dinaweng said her vote was not going to make a difference.

"I am not registering to vote because there is no use. They [government] have been preaching jobs and there is still nothing even today," she said. 

Meanwhile, in Mangaung, the chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters in Ward 19, Michael Motloung, said he was excited by the number of young people who had registered to vote since Saturday.

"Today [Sunday] is very slow, but we have registered more young people yesterday and today and that for us is amazing," he said.

- Are you registered to vote? Download our Elections App for Android or iOS now to find out!


Read more on: bloemfontein  |  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  |