Not voting is not the best answer

2016-08-11 06:00

ONE has to feel for residents living without basic commodities.

Living without water for more than 10 days, being intimidated and chased away from communal taps, and under constant siege from criminals, is nobody’s cup of tea.

But the decision by some residents to not vote in last week’s local government elections was the wrong one, although, considering the volatile situation in the area, not unexpected.

Simple arithmetic tells one that withholding one’s vote from a certain party, towards which animosity is felt, and then giving that vote to the opposition, constitutes a double blow.

This could have been a better option, rather than staying away from the polling stations or spoiling ballots.

Those who did go out and exercise their democratic rights should feel proud.

But, on yet another historic day in the history of South Africa, for some residents this was just another day, with their democratic rights, for now, being neglected.



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