First time voters in South Africa speak out


She was motivated to register to vote in the upcoming local elections because she hoped South Africa would be a better country than it was today, said 19-year-old Sisipho Luyanda Stuurman from King William’s Town in Eastern Cape. She will be voting for the first time.

“It is important to vote because if you vote, you will be involved in the development of your country and voicing your choices,” she said.

Stuurman is studying tourism and events management at the Central University of Technology in Free State.

While she said services in her home town were efficiently delivered, she felt service delivery in the country needed improvement. “South Africa’s service delivery needs to be worked on because people with disadvantaged backgrounds are supposed to be taken care of, and not only be thought of once elections are around the corner.”

Magauta Ntsoeu from Welkom in Free State said those who were proudly South Africans should vote. “Voting is
a way to speak your mind and let your voice be heard,” she said. “I am going to vote so that I effect change. That’s what motivated me to register.”

She said the municipality in her area provided efficient services. “Spending money on education and providing jobs for those who are unemployed, as well as improving infrastructure, I think our government is playing an important role in our lives,” she said.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission, about 48% of all registered voters are under 40 years old.

Source: South African Government News Agency