Voting day build-up: from apathy to excitement

Born-frees in Durban are ready for 7 May: whether they’re voting or not, they have opinions to back up their decision. RUMANA AKOOB hits the street to chat to some local youth and is exposed to a diverse set of views


Precious Nala, 19 Durban

“The most significant thing about voting is the revolution. We, as South African citizens, have the right to

say what we feel inside by casting our vote. Being a born-free means that I am able to do what I like.

“The difference between apartheid and today is segregation and people were not allowed to vote. Today

we are able to express ourselves in everything we do.

I feel sorry for people my age who are not voting, because it is very important to us. Voting is all about

saying what you feel, putting your mark on that ballot, and knowing you made a difference”


khayelihle Khayelihle Mhlngi, 19, Newlands

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – I’m very excited! I’ll wake up early in the morning and go for the first time. I know who I’m voting for – the party my family vote for. They’ve done good, so I always follow them. Everyone talks about voting and I’m hoping my vote will have an influence on the country.”





zeeZee Nala, 23, Durban

“I’m am so eager to vote, I can’t wait. I’m voting because I love Zuma actually the African National Congress (ANC). I think it’s because I grew up in a house that supported the ANC. However, I don’t believe in the system because I haven’t seen change – they only promise things and I don’t see it happening. ”





nomfundoNomfundo Mbele, 19, Durban

“I’ll stay away from the voting so I can just watch. Who do we say ‘thank you’ to? I don’t think my vote

counts. I feel so far away because of the corruption. I don’t see it ever going away; it’s just going to be there constantly, like a virus.

“If you say you’re voting for change – and then maybe most of the people will be employed – it goes to show we aren’t educated, because this will not happen.”



Zukiswa NgoboZukiswa Ngobo, 18, Umlazi

“I’m voting tomorrow but it’s just for the sake of voting. Whoever takes it on 7 May won’t really make a difference to me, because things will cost the same so I don’t see a difference with which party wins elections.

“I’m just voting for the sake of voting; I am not excited to vote.”





LETHIWELethiwe Mzimela, 20, Durban

“I don’t know about politics, but I do know that I’m not going to vote.

“I don’t see any change in my country, so I don’t want to waste my time and energy going to vote knowing I won’t gain anything.

“I would like to have a better education – I’m not well-educated and I don’t feel teachers are doing enough. “I won’t hold anyone accountable, because I didn’t vote – because I do everything for myself.

“I, personally, don’t like Jacob Zuma. We are free, but not when it comes to Zuma. People just take it to the extreme. Remember what happened with the painting and yet they say it’s a free country — it’s that

kind of situation. You never mess with Zuma anyway. “It’s not a good thing to criticise anyone. I’m not going to vote anyway and there’s no space for me to criticise anyone.