Bushbuckridge - KwaMhlanga youth said they were happy and excited after voting on Wednesday, but they also used the occasion to condemn the disruptions earlier in the week of special votes in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga.
The young voters spoke to the African News Agency (ANA) at Siboniwe Primary School in Phola Park Village. They then lingered outside the school’s premises for several hours. Cars belonging to different political party agents played loud music from their cars.
“I’m happy to be a voter and I hope my vote will make the government help me get a bursary so that I can further my studies at the university,” said Mongezi Ntuli.
“I encourage other young people to vote in every election. If we are not happy with what our political leaders are doing, we have a right to tell them in the right manner, not through violent protests.”
Provincial spokesman for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Sibusiso Nkosi, said the disruption of voting processes happened on Monday, the first day of special votes. He said a group of people blocked the road and prevented IEC officials from accessing two voting stations.