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