First-time voters call for a change of government


Through Gcwalisile Khanyile 3h ago

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DURBAN – The first voters to vote in the 2021 local elections called for change, saying they were fed up that the current government is not creating jobs.

Esethu Shicila, 19, voting for the first time and a sophomore business analysis student at Durban University of Technology, said he chose to vote for another party because he wanted to see change .

“There is too much corruption within the ruling party which reduces the changes in people’s lives because a huge amount of money is lost due to corruption. We have too many unemployed graduates; maybe another political party could make a difference.

“In rural areas, there are no bridges or paved roads. In the cities, some buildings are dilapidated and need to be renovated, which could create some form of employment if the infrastructure is being deployed, ”said Shicila, who voted for mayor of Durban.

A politically active voter for the first time, Asanda Ntuli (19) wants to become president of South Africa. Photo: Tumi Pakkies / African News Agency (ANA)

Asanda Ntuli, 19, said everything was “upside down” in the country due to Covid-19, as well as looting and other factors, but she hoped all was well.

“The vote is not negotiable. We need the vote of every citizen if we are to see the change we want, ”said Ntuli, a sophomore music student.

She is active in politics, leading gender and social welfare for the EFF at Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“I want to be in Parliament. Not just as an MP, but as a young black woman president of South Africa, ”said Ntuli, who also voted at Durban City Hall.

Maseeha Mahomedy, 21, voting for the first time in local elections.

Maseeha Mahomedy, 21, stood in line, waiting to vote for the very first time at Truro Hall in Westville.

“I am passionate about politics. There has to be a change in the way we are governed, especially after the violent unrest and looting. “

She hoped for a government that listened to citizens. “I would like to encourage other young people to be the change they want to see.

She said the area (Westville) could do more in terms of reducing crime.

At his polling station, the queue was not very long and moved quickly. Physical distancing was observed and hand disinfection was performed at the entrance. Two policemen stood guard. The people in the queue seemed impressed with how well the voting process went.

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