Youth unimpressed by parties’ Twitter antics

Umholi we Democratic Party u Nkk Hellen Zille emgwaqeni yase Lindelani.ISITHOMBE PATRICK MTOLO

Umholi we Democratic Party u Nkk Hellen Zille emgwaqeni yase Lindelani.ISITHOMBE PATRICK MTOLO

Published Oct 10, 2013


Durban - Young people in Durban are not impressed with the DA’s and the ANC’s campaigns on social media and many say they will most likely vote for the DA.

This was revealed when The Mercury approached young people on Durban university campuses to find out what party they would vote for, and what they thought about the government and the election campaigns.

DUT student Lethuxolo Msomi, 23, said he would not be voting this year as his previous vote had disappointed him.

“I don’t think that either party deserves my vote. The ANC lies and doesn’t deliver, and the DA, instead of fixing those mistakes, is too busy pointing out wrongs but not doing anything to improve people’s lives,” he said.

Msomi said the parties were just making spectacles of themselves by campaigning on social networks.

“The ANC Twitter-campaign-gone-wrong is funny. Though it won’t cost them any votes. The ANC win does not depend on the youth; they have loyalty from the older generations who are guaranteed to vote,” he said.

UKZN student Kendra Scott, 20, said she had long lost faith in the government and the ANC’s empty promises.

“I will be voting DA as the ANC has not done anything for me,” she said.

Thashil Ramdhaw, 19, who will also be voting for the first time, echoed Scott’s sentiments. She believes the country would be better led by DA leader Helen Zille.

“She is educated. I believe she will bring about the change she promises and she is already a role model to many young women,” she said.

Christine Mitchell, 19, said she would vote DA as it represented a rainbow nation. “The DA has Lindiwe Mazibuko; it shows that the DA represents the new South Africa.”


Nozipho Ngwenya, 20, said her vote for the ANC was guaranteed. “I love the ANC. They are a good party and I will vote for them.”


Ngwenya said she had been impressed by the ANC’s campaigning style..

The Mercury

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