Not everyone in Soweto votes ANC

Henry

Not all residents of Soweto voted for the ANC on Wednesday. For that, they are far too disillusioned by the party’s flawed leadership in the past few years.

Phindile Tsotesi (65) is one of those hoping for change. “Everything is getting worse – fuel is getting more expensive, bread is getting more expensive. I am very disappointed in the country. It’s a mess.”

She waited in a line of about 20 people outside the Tshilidzi Primary School in Soweto to vote. Although she did not want to reveal who she will be rooting for, she said she wants to change the lives of her generation and her children’s generation with her vote. “I vote for our children. They have an education, but they don’t have a job. I also vote for land for our children when they grow up. That they can have a life, free from drugs and alcohol. We are Christians. We have to pray that things get better.”

Nkosana Nzimande (38) said he was disappointed in the country. “The country is in a mess. He lifted his jacket and showed a scar on his torso. “I was robbed on a train on my way back from work last month. I have to use the train because I can’t afford a taxi.” He also shows where two men hit him on the side of his head with a firearm. The wound on his torso is from the stabbing. “Now I’m afraid to work in the evening. I walk for half an hour to find a taxi, which I drive to the train station.”

Rebecca Mpanda (45) agrees.

“I feel that in the last 30 years nothing has been done to tackle crime. If you keep voting for the same party, you are ruining your children’s future.” She says that while no improvement is visible, municipal rates are rising month after month.

Maria Smile (55) is going to vote for the ANC again, just like in every other election since 1994. She works at the Department of Education.

“The ANC government is fine. I am here thanks to them. I have a HOP house (which she shares with five family members), we have schools, roads and electricity. Before 1994 I never had electricity. I can see big change since 1994.”

Ombolani Daguna (56) went to vote with his mother and sister. All three draw their crosses behind the ANC. Wednesday was the first time ever that Daguna’s sister, Abigail Matebula (32), went to vote.