First-time voters at uMlazi, south of Durban say they want to use their vote in next year’s general elections to make a change in government.
The 18-year-old Mbuso Ncayana will be voting for the first time next year. He is encouraging other youngsters to also exercise their right to vote.
“I need change, I don’t see change at the moment, I’m just turning 18 this year. I need to see change. I have been watching politics lately, but it didn’t work.”
“I did not see any forwardness; I need to see a change through employment and sharpening the skills of young people. We are lacking organisations that will sharpen our skills.”
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Meanwhile, the IEC in the North West has indicated that the first day of voter registration in the province has gone smoothly. Only a few voter registration stations did not open on time.
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Most of the youth in Mahikeng have registered with others saying they will register on Sunday.
“We haven’t registered yet because we are still busy with exams. But they told us that tomorrow we still have some time to register.”
“I registered to vote because I feel like it’s time for change in the country. It’s time we find solutions that will be beneficial to us as youth of this country. Because I feel like without politics nothing in this country will run smoothly.”
“Yes, I have registered to vote to take part in the process of transforming this nation because we must do it together as a nation and I am here also to encourage young people.”
Meanwhile, the IEC’s Dr Tumelontle Thiba says there were a number of small incidents which were resolved by the police.
“With the stations which did not open for quite a significant amount of time, where mainly some members of the community disrupted the erection of our tent. However, we called upon the SAPS to assist us and that station was opened. In about four hours after the time it was supposed to open, in Taung in Itireleng in particular, the gentleman who held the keys to our station refused to give us the keys. And like in all other cases we asked the SAPS to assist us.”
Voters can still register until five o clock on Sunday.
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