Why am I casting my vote tomorrow.
I can still clearly remember the first democratic elections of South Africa in 1994. Not that, I slept that previous night but my uncle and aunt woke us up in the crack of dawn, to prepare for voting.
By the time we got to the voting station, just after 5 in the morning, the queue was already extremely long. It was as if other people slept there overnight.
The 1994 elections marked the end of Apartheid in South Africa and start of new dawn of democracy. As they say, the rest is history and what has happened in the last 25 years, is well documented. By the way, the piece is not about the right and wrongs of the last 25 years of our democracy.
Yes, it is true, there were only 19 registered parties that contested the votes. Fast track to 2019, there are 48 organisations vying for the vote in all nine provinces.
As I watched and observed the different political parties campaigning across all breadths and lengths of South Africa in the last few months or days, I could not stop myself to wonder; if so much energy or energies were put throughout each an every 5 year term, in just few days or months, South Africa would have definitely been a better place to live in.
Why I am casting my vote?
- I am casting my vote so that the future generations can be preserved and be an example to the current and future generations so that they believe in democracy.
- I am casting my vote so as to teach the current generation to start learning or continue to learn politics and for them, to start applying their minds in doing so.
- I am casting my vote so that the gains, blood, sweat, deaths and tears, of past and future leaders were not in vain.
- I am casting my vote to make sure that I will hold those elected, to account. If they will not show the commitment, rhetorics and promises they showed throughout their campaign (eventually to find out there were lies) give them the boot during the next election.
- I am casting my vote so as to say no to poverty, empty promises, poor service delivery, corruption, greed, jobs and tenders for pals, state capture and looting of public resources.
- I am casting my vote so that I can dispel the myths, name calling and labels for telling the truth to power. Most of the time, we should not be blinded by own party politics.
- I am casting my vote to say my struggle, your struggle, our struggle and the struggle of those before you and me, was not about Social and “Positions” emancipation. My vote is for total freedom that includes inclusive economic freedom, equality before the law, non sexist and non racial South Africa.
- Yes, I am casting my vote because, it is not only the right thing to do; nor it is my right, but rather I am fortunate to have voted in the first democratic elections, continued to do so in subsequent elections and will continue to do so tomorrow. Because if I do not vote, I lose the right to complain.
I encourage and challenge those eligible voters who decided not to register to vote in the 2019 election, to do so in future. This will help that gains of our democracy do not end in vain and protect it rather. Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics will not take an interest in you.
My vote is my secret and I will be making my mark tomorrow.
Somewhere inside of all of us is the power to change the world. Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane
Editor: FS News Online