Different views on meaning of polls

2011-05-18 20:11

Johannesburg - Different perspectives on the meaning of the local government elections were expressed by residents at the polling stations in Soweto on Wednesday.

"Why do I have to vote? Does it matter when these fools will go back to caring for themselves after this," said a man in his 30s, while pouring a beer at a restaurant positioned opposite the marital home of first democratic president Nelson Mandela.

His only benefit was that the day was a holiday, he said.

Meanwhile, Siya Mnguni, a young working class man from Diepkloof said: "I made my vote today. Looking at how Soweto has developed over the years, with the transport system for instance, I'm sure that more is in store."

An elderly woman making her way to a voting station in Orlando West said she hoped her vote would make a difference to service delivery.

She also hoped to help her recently graduated granddaughter find employment by voting. The government has been criticised for poor service delivery, corruption and a shortage of jobs.

"We can only live in hope, my child," she said.

  • Vince - 2011-05-18 20:18

    I hope you didn't vote for the ANC

  • Democrat - 2011-05-18 20:58

    Let's wait for the outcome of the elections rather than speculate.

      ihtfcatkii - 2011-05-18 21:58

      If 17 years down the line Government still promises unattainable goals, it is assumption based on facts. Not speculation.

  • Angazi - 2011-05-18 21:42

    Please and I am begging for now DA supporters and your big headed leader Hellen Zille to stop abusing municipalities facilities, using personal and confidential information like cell numbers to sms and inform people in Cape Town to vote DA to keep the city under DA control. I will lay a complain against the city and customer care in Cape Town! the number used in that sms that we have to call for "more info" is 0861225532

      FreemanEC - 2011-05-18 22:26

      If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.

      Selebi - 2011-05-18 22:55

      Better a sms from the DA than a 'please call me' from the ANC!

      Janine - 2011-05-18 23:30

      What do you have to say about the ANC sending out messages to people at around 3am this morning? At least the DA had the good sense to text people during daylight hours!

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-19 00:20

      @Angazi I'd recommend writing a letter to the IEC, DA, ANC and WASPA if you can (WASPA are a body that deals with complaints about cellphone spam). From a communications law perspective, it's not legal for the DA to use your cellphone number for anything other than the purpose you provided it to them for. I've heard (second-hand) that WASPA are fairly efficient, but their biggest problem is that no-one's heard of them. I'm not sure if about other laws particularly related to political parties, but I'm sure the IEC would be able to inform you. As far as I know, using state resources for promoting a party is not allowed (and I'd imagine this would include personal details). @Janine Read my response to Angazi -- same deal. I will point out that it's often not the fault of the sender when a message is delivered at a ridiculous hour -- it's often either the network (MTN, Vodacom, Cell C) or the provider of bulk SMS services.

      Zanu - 2011-05-19 06:29

      I got SMS's from both DA & ANC Its Election Day... they can sms, advertise or hand out pamphlets as much as they want. You don’t like the sms then delete it. By the way its advertising firm that have bout and sold your details to both the DA & ANC. You are a loser Angazi, a loser stuck in the 21st century... go lay a complaint, then an egg.

      Zion - 2011-05-19 07:24

      Hey Angazi, Helen's people phoned me too and I actually appreciated it. I Live in the Northern Free State. Jirre but your bunch of clowns were caught for suckers when they tried to clear the sewerage water seeping into a house before Auntie Helen arrived. She caught them in the act. Poor fools.

      Organist-1 - 2011-05-19 18:17

      @spacemonkey and Angazi. Stop whining. The ANC were even worse. Sweep your own door before you sweep the street. Anc complain about cape toilets when they gad unenclosed toilets in Free State AND Bloemfontein. What are SMS's? ANC don't care about laws. In the cape they drive on election day --ILLEGAL--- with loudhailers telling people to vote ANC. The ANC cops do nothing and allow it.

  • Ananiusse - 2011-05-18 22:46

    ANC is the future for all, like it or not, lets enjoy the long waited full power of the ANC

      Stefan - 2011-05-18 23:58

      lol !! Just look north and you`ll see what the future will be !

      phillip.havenga - 2011-05-19 06:28

      We've been "enjoying" the corrupt inefficient rule of the ANC for quite some time now only somebody with an IQ deficit would still vote for them.

  • Zion - 2011-05-19 07:16

    Imagine if Cape Town went to the ANC. Imagine all that hard work going down the drain, Literally. But as the well hackneyed phrase goes: "You get what you vote for" But on the other hand when the ANC puts its hand to anything little goes down the drain but remains floating thereby hailing the voter. And successfully too.

  • Ashley - 2011-05-19 11:25

    I think people should be fined if they don't vote,they do it in Australia

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