Hoping for change

2016-03-09 06:00
THIS sex worker from Bloemfontein has registered to vote for change.  Photo: Jeanette Chabalala

THIS sex worker from Bloemfontein has registered to vote for change. Photo: Jeanette Chabalala

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A SEX WORKER says she has registered for the local government elections in Bloemfontein this past weekend (5-6/03) so that she can vote for a politician who will create other work opportunities for her.

News24 visited at least six voter registration stations in Bloemfontein on Sunday, where voters trickled in at a slow pace.

At most of the stations, officials sat and waited for residents, saying they hope 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 had 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 (the government) have been preaching jobs and there is still nothing, even today,” she said.

Meanwhile, in Mangaung, the chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) 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 – that, for us, is amazing,” he said. Are you registered to vote? Download the Independent Electoral Commission’s election app for Android or iOS to find out.

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