Politics and the Young

2014-02-28 08:52

During my school career, I really couldn't have cared less. My country was in the good old hands of my former president Thabo Mbeki and my childhood couldn't have been any better.  As far as I was concerned, everything was okay, as the state of the nation was not in my realm of understanding.

A lot of young people think that it is important to cast their vote but, they don't feel confident that selfless, or even competent candidates, who are willing to strive for a better South Africa and make right on previous broken promises, are on the election ballot.  Unfortunately, young people have the mentality that one vote won’t make a difference.

That is why; the born free generation is regarded as apathetic. The lack of participation is spirited by a lack of proper governance that is geared at implementing change.

President Zuma and the ANC always seem to be doing something wrong in the public eye. Young people don't necessarily agree with the leadership of the ANC, but are then stuck with the question of; if not President Zuma, then who? The Democratic Alliance is constantly bickering with the current leading party, but at the end of the day, what are THEY promising?  Yes, Cape Town is lovely but what about the rest of the Western Cape?

Don't even get us started on the EFF, it's already hard to take Julius Malema seriously. It is difficult to trust a party, that doesn't even consider us part of their vision for the country. There are many followers, but a shortage of leaders. A lot of us ARE dissatisfied with the current government.

Each party has its issues, but I believe we'd appreciate it, if they highlight their strengths and focus on the growth of our country, rather than, being forced to endure the public bashing and name calling of political rivals. This showcases that the focus is not on helping South Africans, it is instead a fist fight of who gets to be in power. Politics is a dirty game and although the majority want to see change, how can it be possible when there are parties run by people facing criminal charges or who have been convicted? How can we take them seriously and what about the other election parties(183) that appear to be silent?

Young people believe the ballots will reveal a slight tip in the usual outcome, but the final outcome will always remain the same. So why VOTE?? The current political party promises us the moon and the stars, yet only dissapoints. Then, out of sheer desperation, tries to up their game just in time for the elections. Soon after they've secured a win, they slump back into complacency until the next election rears its head. In all that time, the moon and the stars, remain just a dream. Essentially, we might not be registering to vote because we feel there is nothing to vote for, besides corrupt officials, no service delivery and more violent protests.

We, as young people, need to be more invested in our country's politics. There is no point rushing to vote for DA or Agang when they're making the same promises that the ANC is making. It's our future, we might as well care.

" Let us become the politicians and perhaps we can make a difference" - Phindi Zani

"Don't vote for a party just because you know them or because of what happened 20 years ago, think about who actually deserves it and who will make a difference " - Damian de Freitas

"With the way President Zuma presents himself, it's no wonder people overseas think we ride elephants to school."

"I feel the presidential elections have turned into political parties fighting amongst themselves, expecting South Africans to side with the party that throws the best punches."

"Vote in these elections because not doing so would be disregarding the entire struggle. People died for this privilege. We can't disregard this" - Tshepang Moremoholo

"Kids in Limpopo don't have roofs over their school buildings and the sanitation is so poor that snakes are coming up toilets, but our President has a luxurious village. That sets a bad example for the future leaders."

"We as the youth are thinking too small. Individually our votes may seem small, but as a group it can make a serious difference." - Gabriel Muteba

My vote is my voice. If I don't vote, I don't have a say.

We as a NEW generation need to take a stand for ourselves, and learn from our current leaders. Actions speak louder than words. There's no time for "Monkey see, monkey do" - we can’t be ignorant like some of our current leaders. We should not allow the government to crush our dreams. Instead we need to fight for our education, job opportunities and safety, by participating and using our voices, not only on social media. Prevention is better than cure.

Don't follow the status quo, read, investigate and find a party with principles and values you agree with. Stop Tweeting about it and make the right decision.

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