Despite the high number of people registered to take part in today’s local government elections many are refusing to go to the polls because of lack of trust in the political process.

by Wendy Mothata

When most of the South Africans will be casting their votes with quest for change in the country, some citizens will take the day off and turn a blind eye to the local government elections. Wits Vuvuzela spoke to members of the Braamfontein community to find out why they’re not voting.

Masechaba Matlapeng third-year BA student said that she got confused when she was told that she needs to register in her local area.

“I didn’t register because I didn’t know where to register and I got confused and demotivated by the word going around that we need to register in our province or area of origin,” said Matlapeng.

On the other hand some of the students have lost hope in political parties. Accounting science student Imbelani Madzivhandila said she’s not voting “because all parties are corrupt, so it doesn’t really make a difference”.

Thabo Marubule, a student at Rosebank College said that he does not want to be part of politics because he is not interested, “I don’t want to waste my time by voting”.

Regardless of students who decided not to vote, Wits University SRC General Secretary Fasiha Hassan, encourages all students to vote and not take the opportunity for granted.

“It’s not about the political party you are voting for, but the change you want to see.  If you are not voting how the changes you want will be fulfilled,” said Hassan.