Residents of KwaZakhele in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape are again lamenting their living conditions as the date for the local government elections approaches.

They say they cannot be expected to vote in the elections when they still have no jobs and houses among other things.

A resident of the area, Abongile Ndukumbana, shares a one-bedroom shack with six people. His family came to the area in 1990 but their circumstances have only worsened.

“Nothing has changed. I am not happy with the situation that we are living in. As a people, we are supposed to benefit from this democratic state. We were promised a better life for all. But where? It’s only a few that benefit. What about the majority of us? No employment. So, proper shelter, no proper healthcare. What do we have to do? We have to keep on voting for what? For the rich to become rich (and) for us to become poorer? So, I won’t vote,” says Ndukumbana.

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