Hopeful youth turn to DA as masses attend Soweto rally

2019-05-04 15:45
Mmusi Maimane at the final DA rally in Soweto on Saturday.  ~ Twitter/@Our_DA

Young people came out in numbers in support of the DA's final rally on Saturday. This, as the party gears up ahead of the May 8 national general elections.

The majority of the sea of blue who filled the grandstands of Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto were young supporters from all over the country.

Some told News24 they were eligible to vote for the first time this year, while others previously did not vote.  

Travelling all the way from Giyani Section F in Limpopo, 21-year-old Nimrod Maluleke was among those who arrived by bus in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

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(Sesona Ngqakamba, News24)

Maluleke expressed his excitement for the upcoming elections, noting that they would be his first.

He said he lived in dire conditions and that is why he decided to give his first vote for the DA. 

"In Giyani there is poor sanitation, no electricity and water for most of the areas. We have poor hospitals and no jobs for the youth," Maluleke said.

He added that he believed DA's plan for empowering the youth and ensuring that they will be educated and employable.

Mduduzi Masuku, 18, from Benoni in Johannesburg, said he also decided that he will cast his first vote to the DA because he believed that it would turn his life around.

Masuku, who said he is a high school dropout, said he decided to find a job because he needed to take care of his family. He added that he has hopes to pick up his life and his vote on Wednesday was the first step for him to turn his life around.

"I think DA is able to bring change in our communities. We have no jobs and live a life of crime .

"Many of the youth in our community don't work and they end up being involved in crime which results in them being arrested. I think if we can be provided with jobs we would be fine," Masuku said.

Tumi Rebecah, 29, from Riverside in Mpumalanga, said she has been voting for DA since 2005 and believes that it was capable of winning and taking over government.

Previously not interested in voting

"I live in a shack. It is very difficult to get a house under the ANC, even though they promise us daily. I think the DA is able to act better," she said.

Ditlhare Ramatsebe, 29, also a first-time voter from Edenvale, said the DA was the future of young South Africans. 

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(Sesona Ngqakamba)

"We need jobs, houses and better services in our communities. I definitely believe that the DA will bring that change because it has done so in other provinces like," she said. 

Ramatsebe said she has not been voting because she was not "interested", but the DA made her change her mind. 

"In the previous elections I was not interested at all because some other political parties, when we vote for them, they use money for their own personal interests and do not deliver to us," she added.

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