23 April 2019

South Africa: Student Voices - Who I'm Voting for

With the general elections approaching, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has reported that 81% of new registrations are under 30. Nwabisa Timeni spoke to students around Bloemfontein to find out who they will be voting for.

Songezo Gidaga (27), MSc Biochemstry, University of the Free State

"I have not registered to vote but I would vote for the ANC. I am not stuck, in terms of voting. I would like to see all parties getting a chance to implement what they believe is good for the country."

Gillian Buffel (21), BsocSc majoring in Psychology, UFS

"I did not register but I regret it. The reason I chose not to participate because I thought my vote would not matter but had I had a choice to vote, I would vote for the current ruling party."

Unathi Tshaka (22), Electrical Engineering, Motheo TVET College

"I have registered to vote about four years ago, not certain if it's still valid. However, I would vote for the EFF. I feel like Julius Malema should be given a chance to prove himself as he made promises and these promises should be given a chance to be fulfilled. Let there be change. Everything has changed now, for the worst. Example, you rape a person and you're given a year or two sentencing and you're released again. With Malema, such would be banned or harsher sentences would be given. And if you murder someone, you should also be killed."

Puleng Mabe (20), BA Media Studies and Journalism, UFS

"I am registered to vote for 2019 elections. I am sure that I am going to vote because it will be my first time voting. Moreover, one thing that a political party that government hope to vote if the EFF, I believe it is capable of removing the dominant party that has always dominated South Africa's political system but without doing any changes. I do have a reason to vote."

Tshepo Moreothata (24), BA Governance, UFS

"I am not registered to vote because I don't see the use of voting. We vote and we don't see anything or any change taking place. The government tells us that each student will receive bursaries but has not materialised in any way because some students don't have funding, some are sitting at home and some are facing exclusion from varsities, therefore I truly don't see the point of voting."

Dumisani Mbatha (23), Digital Production, Boston City Campus

"I'm not registered to vote. I would vote for the ANC though."

Mdau Mthembu (19), BA Journalism, UFS

"I am not registered to vote. Yeah, I am stuck because I haven't really identified a party that represents my interests as a young person in the country. I just don't have confidence in the options available because if we look at history, it's just been a bunch of promises and very little action."

Keneilwe Mphirime (23), Bcom Economics, UFS

"I am registered to vote. But I don't know who I am going to vote for because I am stuck to be honest all these parties are selling us dreams and making promises they know for sure they are not going to fulfill."

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