LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – GO AND VOTE
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE YOUNG BLOOD OF SOUTH AFRICA
FROM KC MAKHUBELE,
tt : @kcmakhubele, Ln: KC Makhubele,
As we approach the 7th of May election day in SA, as a young person consider the following amongst others. Political parties will be vying for seats in parliament where they are supposed to make decisions on our behalf with a promise of creating jobs or creating a better environment for job creation.
UNEMPLOYMENT A MAJOR CONCERN
Almost 25% of all South Africans are jobless with the unemployment 2014 up on 1994 20%, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations. 50% of young people who have left school in South Africa are unemployed according to Narnia Bohler-Muller from the Human Social Research Council and this makes South Africa a third in the world, after Greece and Spain, when it comes to youth unemployment.
This is an issue that directly affect young people and has a huge impact in their future. Yet the we hear that South Africa could be heading for its lowest voter turnout of the past 20 years with about 46% of eligible voters not turning up at the polls. 10.2 million eligible voters have not bothered to register with 64 % of these being of the age between 18 and 34. About 6.5 million of young voters in this bracket have not bothered to register! 43% of the 10.2 million are looking for employment. Now there is very little we can do now for this group but for those who have registered make sure you head to the polls and vote!
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
I hear people (sometimes young people themselves) refer to young people as the leaders of tomorrow, the future of this country etc. I say you are the leaders today for leadership does not have a minimum age of commencement. Your future should be built and start being lived today! Don’t postpone it to tomorrow. So you need to act and act in a manner that builds for tomorrow. This is why it’s important that you go and vote. When political parties get elected into parliament, they will be speaking on your behalf yet they would have been robbed of your voice during these elections. They may even be robbed of your voice in the next 5 years. It would mean that they decisions being made will not necessarily benefit you. I am thinking of matters like: Education, the Economy, Health, Employment etc. The parliamentarians’ idea of South Africa could even be “outdated”. Their reference point could be 30 – 70 years back. Your outlook is newer. You need to be heard. You need to influence. You need to participate in your future and not remain spectators. The Youth of 1976 rose up and though their actions they influenced the course of history.
YOU DON’T OWE MANDELA HOW YOU VOTE
When you go make the mark, vote intelligently. You don’t owe anyone how you vote. You don’t owe Mandela, the ANC, IFP, PAC, DA your parents etc. anything! You owe your future. Yes we should be grateful of what the likes of Mandela and all liberation parties have done. We should be thankful of the contributions of the former white liberal parties’ contribution to the freedom we have. But no one has to vote based on the past. We should not vote because of the sentiments our dear parents hold. Don’t vote what your mates tell you. Don’t vote without thinking. Vote for the party that resonate with your needs and aspirations, the party that will take your future seriously and forward. We are spoiled for choice in these elections. We have so many parties registered for the national vote, including new parties like AgangSA, EFF and older parties like the ANC and DA.
WHATEVER YOU DO DON’T STAY AWAY – GO VOTE ON 7 MAY 2014.
You may think that your votes does not count or will not make a difference. If this is you, then you are mistaken. One vote could swing the seat to your preferred candidate/party. This will allow your party to represent you. Go in the morning, go during lunch time, go in the afternoon – whatever you do, if you are a registered young voter Go and Vote.