Residents in Bonteheuwel, in Western Cape, long for a safer community, one where children are free to play unhindered, and crucially one where elections brings about tangible change.
At the Ward 31 voting station in Bonteheuwel, 28-year-old Nathan Daniels emerged with his wife and five-year-old son having cast his vote in the local government elections on Wednesday.
“At present I am not happy, and I hope my vote will bring about change,” Daniels said. “I am voting for a better future for my child. A safer community and environment for my child.”
He bemoaned the fact that children could no longer be children and just play as they pleased.
Ronald Joseph, 59, said it was important to vote but felt that more than 20 years into democracy life was more of a daily struggle than ever before.
“We are always told that if you don’t vote then you don’t have a say,” he said. “But now after 20 years, a vote and still things stay the same. People are suffering and more churches are opening soup kitchens to help people.”
He said jobs were the most important thing for people. “Jobs – nothing is as important,” he said. “You can have free water and free electricity, but there are no jobs.”
– African News Agency (ANA)