UCT SRC president Zibi Mila at the Mowbray Town Hall voting station.
UCT SRC president Zibi Mila at the Mowbray Town Hall voting station.

Young people on why they voted in the local government elections

By Okuhle Hlati Time of article published Nov 2, 2021

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CAPE TOWN - UCT’s new SRC president Zibi Mila cast his ballot in the local government elections at the Mowbray Town Hall voting station on Monday while also mobilising and encouraging young people to brave the rain and play their part.

Seated on the back of an open bakkie with fellow Economic Freedom Fighter students, the group drove past university residences, using a loud speaker to call on young people not to forget to vote.

“It is important for young people to vote because it has an impact on their present lives and future. Today I woke up knowing I’m voting EFF because they have been by the side of the people, be it workers at UCT, students, and even at schools. I voted for Yamkela Xesibe, he has been on the ground since #FeesMustFall and we believe he is ready to also provide safety for students in this area.

“[The] EFF manifesto also speaks to land and there is a need for more residents here. It also speaks to job creation, and unemployment is the major issue faced by the people especially young people,” said Mila.

Mamaithama Malahlela, a 24-year-old second-time voter, said it was a social responsibility for everyone who is able and eligible to vote to do so, to be active members of society.

“Voting means you have a say about who can represent the needs of the community. Yes, people might feel like their vote won’t make a difference, but if your vote joins those of many others then you can make a change that you want to see.”

Nkosinathi Mahlangu, 23, said prior to elections he was driven to cast his vote, but was demotivated by incidents he saw playing out between parties, and has been left conflicted.

“I was sure at first about which party to vote for, but there were allegations or things revealed about that political party and I changed my mind. As we had the option to vote in the metropolitan and in the wards my ballots [are] for two different parties. There is not a perfect option that stands out.”

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