“Even though I’m just voting for the sake of voting, I’m still hoping that this time it will be different that there will in fact be a better life for all.”
LONG queues and heavy rain did little to deter Kimberley residents as they waited to make their mark yesterday.
Many residents hoped that their votes would make a difference, not only for the city but the country as well.
When asked what they hoped to achieve by making their mark, the answer was a resounding, “We want a better life not only for ourselves but for everyone living in South Africa.”
Voting for the very first time, Leandri van Wyk said she was very nervous. “I am extremely nervous but I have been looking forward to this. I really do hope my vote makes a difference and brings change.
“I’m also hoping that corruption will stop and there is fairness for all,” she said.
For Kimberley couple Ria and Eugene van Coller, their vote was not for themselves. “We have to think about our children and their future. This is about them, not us. It doesn’t matter how long we have to brave the elements, this vote is important and worth the time and effort.”
Lucia Mojake said she was hoping that this time there would be a better outcome for all. “Even though I’m just voting for the sake of voting, I’m still hoping that this time it will be different that there will in fact be a better life for all.”
Her mother, Patricia Mojake, said that she hoped her mark would ensure she continues to receive a pension. “That’s why I am making my mark – for my pension mainly,” she said.
Patricia said she had been voting since 1994 but had seen little change. “Maybe this time it will be different.”
For Sticks Maruping it was all about stamping out corruption. “Corruption needs to come to an end now. Hopefully the dispensation elected this time around will take care of that. I also want a better life for all South Africans.”
Boitumelo Getyes said he was hoping that his vote would see the country return to “normal”.
“If corruption and tender rigging can stop it will definitely ensure that there will be a better life for all. We also need to give the newly-elected president space and hopefully by doing that it will improve our lives.”
“It’s all about the youth for me,” said Galeshewe resident Nancy Malinga.
She said that by making her mark it would hopefully lead to better opportunities for the country’s youth. “Because there are no jobs, many youth are turning to drugs. Our education system also needs to be addressed to ensure that our young people are properly educated and will have more opportunities.
“I also hope that this time the words spoken by politicians are true. We are tired of hearing the same old story.
“Hopefully our new president will ensure that there is change – change for the better.”