I’m voting to make SA a better place

LAST year I registered to vote for the first time seeing as my 18th birthday was in January. I felt obligated to do so and was excited at the prospect of my having a say in my country’s future.

Before this time I had never really taken note of the elections or followed what was going on between the different parties, but seeing as this will be my first time voting, I started taking notice and I was very disappointed. It opened my eyes to how divided people are in South Africa and to how racism is still a huge problem!

For a country that has gone through so much before I was even born, I still feel the remnants of apartheid and I would have thought by now there would be some kind of reconciliation and a sense of ubuntu. But instead it has become a race war.

As a white individual I am automatically labelled racist for events that happened before I was even born! I am also automatically grouped as a DA supporter, while black individuals are grouped as supporters of ANC, EFF, etc.

While the DA and ANC are clearly the front runners, I cannot say with a 100% promise that I will be voting for either of them. All the parties seem to be more focused on “one-upping” and “beating” each other rather than focusing on ways to better this country.

I was raised in a home where we accept people of colour (my brother-in-law, niece and nephew all being coloured), and I was taught not to judge people based on their race, religion, sexual preference, etc, and yet watching coverage of the upcoming elections, that’s all that South Africans seem to be judging people on! Each party has valid points and each has views I disagree on, but who is to say which party I am likely to vote for based on the colour of my skin?

Take that all away and we are all human beings! A heart! A brain! A skeleton!

In a time where most people my age aren’t voting because they don’t like what is happening in our country between our leaders, I am determined to vote to make my country, my South Africa, better, but I am still very, very undecided.

Nicholas Patrick Holmes, Port Elizabeth

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One thought on “I’m voting to make SA a better place

  • April 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm
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    For some of us white people we can have a nice life in South Africa but for many people of other races (and also some white people) life is one endless struggle from birth to death.There are hundreds of thousands of people in this country who do not have clean water to drink,there are millions who do not have the use of a toilet,there are hundreds of thousands of schoolkids who sit in mud schools with badly trained teachers and inadequate books,materials and computers! There are millions of people unemployed and there are millions living in shanty houses that leak when it rains! We have had TWENTY YEARS OF A.N.C. and today we have massive corruption.billions of rands unaccounted for and massive incompetence.Nkandla is only the tip of the iceberg! Don’t you think that you should use your vote to improve the lot of your brother and sister South Africans.Vote for a big party that has a chance of making a difference!People died so that we can all vote today!Do not waste your vote!

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