Importance of voting

2016-08-18 06:00

THE local elections have come and gone and I am thrilled to have been elected the PR councillor for the DA.

I intend to be the best councillor possible and not to disappoint the many people who voted for me and the DA. I just thought it would be worth sharing a couple of experiences I had with those good folk who did not not vote because they didn’t see the point, or those who had something better to do.

On our rounds canvassing in the back areas of Nombuso in KwaNzimakwe I came across an elderly lady who looked ashamed, but told our group in a quiet voice that she hadn’t eaten in two days. We were horrified and cut our canvassing short to bring her some basic food stuffs and a few packets of seeds as we noticed she had a struggling vegetable garden.

I didn’t see her again until just after the elections when I saw her at a centre which provides food for the elderly, also in Nombuso.

I had mentioned this woman to the ladies at the centre and they promised to get her to come along for a meal whenever she could.

She leapt up when she saw me and rushed over to hug me and kiss my hand repeatedly, to my embarrassment.

She whispered in my ear: “They said they would bulala me [kill me], but I vote for you - three times.”

This woman was prepared to risk her life to vote for the person she wanted to be her Ward councillor. Whether the danger was real or not is irrelevant as it was real to her.

Sadly I lost the Ward by 69 votes and I know there were a lot of people with excellent reasons for not being able to vote, but there were also those who should think about that elderly lady and what she was prepared to suffer in order to vote.

Your vote really is precious, and to everyone who did vote, thank you.

Stephanie Breedt

Leisure Bay

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