Un­der-24s have mixed views on poll

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NOLOYISO MTEMBU

YOUNG peo­ple in the Cape Town metro are un­de­cided about whether to take part in this week’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, or to give the polls a miss.

Some aren’t reg­is­tered to vote, while oth­ers have yet to de­cide on which party will get their pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion bal­lot, ac­cord­ing to a snap poll con­ducted by Week­end Ar­gus.

Those can­vassed, aged between 19 and 23, had var­ied views.

Sive Ndak­isa, 19, from Philippi, said he hadn’t reg­is­tered and wouldn’t vote. He wasn’t in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics, or in the elec­tions.

An­war Died­er­icks, 19, of Wood­stock, also wasn’t in­ter­ested.

“I did not reg­is­ter be­cause I do not see the point. None of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties rep­re­sent me,” he said.

Grassy Park res­i­dent Ja­son War­wick, 21, said although he had reg­is­tered, he was not sure he would vote.

“At the mo­ment it’s a maybe. I have not de­cided to vote or on who to vote for,” he said.

Zita Peters, 19, of Athlone, said she was con­cerned about gang­ster­ism in her com­mu­nity.

“I don’t think my vote will make a dif­fer­ence so I am not vot­ing. Be­sides, no party is good enough,” she said.

Perushka Martin, 20, of Sea Point, won’t vote be­cause she hasn’t reg­is­tered.

“I was too busy. But if I were to vote, I would look at the his­tory of a party and how they have per­formed be­fore vot­ing for them,” she said.

Than­dokazi Pan­galele, 20, of Gugulethu, also missed reg­is­tra­tion.

“If I were to get an op­por­tu­nity, I would vote for a party that would end in­for­mal set­tle­ments. Life in a shack is not pleas­ant. Safety is also a prob­lem where I live,” she said.

For Dur­banville res­i­dents Aden Washer, 20, and Marco Laub­scher, 22, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the elec­tion was para­mount.

“I will vote for a party which, hope­fully, has the least cor­rup­tion,” Washer said.

Laub­scher added: “I will vote for the same party I have voted for be­fore. They have done a good job so far.”

Pumza Mun­dia, 23, of Ta­ble View, is reg­is­tered and will vote.

“If I do not vote then I won’t have a say. We all make our voices heard,” Mun­dia said, adding ed­u­ca­tion and job op­por­tu­ni­ties were her con­cerns. noloyiso.mtembu@inl.co.za

Not reg­is­tered: Than­dokazi Pan­galele, 20, Gugulethu.

Not in­ter­ested: Sive Ndak­isa, 19, Philippi.

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