I must admit I am always in a quandary about which party to vote for, when elections come round. I am, sadly, not that well up on everybody's stance and feel that the manifestos that appear from the different parties right around voting time is all bluster and no substance.
It's amazing how the petrol price always drops at the end of April and, this year, the lights are suddenly back on after dire warnings from Eskom about the supply.
What I do know, however, is that not going to the polling booths is a waste. You may not know who to vote for or feel that all the parties are worthless but how does not voting at all solve this? It doesn't. Rather, go to the booths and spoil your vote. These votes are counted and send a clear signal to all parties that you are not happy with any of them.
In this way, maybe parties will start looking at their manifestos and start changing. In all fairness to the parties, if they don't know you don't like what they have to say, why should they change? By staying at home, they just think you don't care whereas the exact opposite is probably the truth.
We care - we have not left and we would like a South Africa that helps us all. Please vote - even if the vote is No.