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Young and old cast their vote

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Residents waited patiently to make their cross at some voting stations which had long lines.

Dipalesa Mapotsa and Brandon Damon moments before they cast their vote at Kimberley Junior School (KJS). Picture: Soraya Crowie

VOTERS in Kimberley, young and old, indicated that the power to vote a party into government still remains in the hands of the people.

While some residents prior to Election Day said that they were not interested in participating in the 2024 National Elections, others who made their way to polls on Wednesday said that it is an opportunity that should not be taken lightly.

Residents waited patiently to make their cross at some voting stations which had long lines.

Others were fortunate as the process at other voting stations were concluded within a few minutes.

Two youngsters who are Generation Z members, said they realised that their vote is not only affecting their own future, but also the future of their own children.

Brendon Damons said he studied the long-term effects the decisions of the possible ruling political party had on his future and that of the generations that follow.

“It is important to vote and one must not tie an emotion to your choice, but look at whether the political parties share the same views as oneself. On top of that, one also need to look at who those parties are aligned with, not just nationally but internationally as well.

“For example, the war between Israel and Palestine has shown us how international events can affect our lives. So your vote should not just be based on which party can fix potholes and address unemployment, but also how we resolve matters that might influence our own country.

“How a political party resolve world issues has an impact on the economy of the country which can result in many services being hindered from being delivered,” said Damons.

Dipalesa Mapotsa said her vote is a way of bringing about change.

“We have a selection of political parties which are all different and promising different things. One thing we as a country have in common is that we want things in the country to change for the better. We all want the party we are voting for to meet our needs and to deliver on its promises.

“We are part of this country and our votes are a way to make our voices. The power of the vote was evident during the first general national elections back in 1994 when all citizens were afforded the right to vote. Back then the citizens of South Africa brought major changes in terms of who should govern the country. That can still be done today,” said Mapotsa.

Benine Geldenhuys. Picture: Soraya Crowie

One elderly voter, 65-year-old Benine Geldenhuys, said participating in the elections to her meant being active in driving change in the country.

“Every South African citizen should vote in order to get the best out of the elected government. Only citizens have the power to unseat a party they are not pleased with. Withholding your vote will not bring the change one longs for.

“We cannot sit back and complain about wanting change by doing nothing. We have seen so many people longing for a better life, but then dying before that dream could be achieved.

“Many people have been longing to own a house equipped with proper sanitation and water. We can make a huge change in such matters through our vote,” said Geldenhuys.

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