Xolani Sotashe, the ANC mayoral candidate for the City of Cape Town, was optimistic about his chances as he cast his ballot in the township of Lwandle in Strand, on the outskirts of the Mother City, on Wednesday morning.
“I’m very confident because we spoke to our people and our people are coming out in numbers, no doubt about it. We prayed last night that there will be no rain, and today I can say God has answered our prayers,” Sotashe said, referring to the skies clearing up over Cape Town following heavy downpours overnight.
An energetic Sotashe walked hand in hand with his wife Bongeka as they greeted a line of voters gathered outside the Lwandle community hall.
“The energy that I always carried from this campaign, I got from this woman,” Sotashe said as he beamed a smile at his wife.
“We are now just going to get some breakfast and from there we will hit the streets … so there’s no rest for me until the results are out.”
A group of Lwandle residents cheered as Sotashe left the area. Among them was Phumeza William, a Lwandle resident.
William said all she wanted was for her councillor to fight for improvement in the area.
“I desperately want to see change. I want to live in a real house. I want to see jobs for me and my family,” said William.
William insisted if change did not emerge from this election, she would not queue at a voting station ever again.
“I want to see improvement because this is the last time I’m voting. If there’s no change, I won’t vote again.”
Amos Jacobs has been living in Cape Town for 25 years. He echoed many of Williams’ sentiments, but said he believed his vote was the key to changing the circumstances he and his children find themselves in.
“It’s very important to vote. You can’t complain and then not vote. How else is your voice going to be heard?”
Amos said he wanted job opportunities for his unemployed children, and the removal of corrupt elements from the City, whom he believes are hampering development in his area.
– African News Agency (ANA)