Sowetans cast votes

Sowetans cast votes

Casting votes: Making their voices heard

Throngs of Sowetans braved the not-so conducive weather to cast their votes in South Africa’s 6th national and provincial elections. The day was chilly in the morning, with the temperature dropping even lower in the evening. But the resilient voters stood on queues outside the voting stations before the opening time of 07:00, beyond 21:00 that was set for closing.

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa and the opposition and Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane cast their votes in their hometown of Soweto – Chiawelo and Dobsonville respectively. They joined over 26 million South Africans who registered to vote in the 2019 elections.

Black South Africans started to vote only in 1994. The White regime barred them from voting, and exposed them to agonizing living conditions in townships and rural areas. The regime killed people, tortured them and many disappeared mysterious, for fighting for the majority Blacks be allowed to cast their votes and make their voices heard. Thus many consider voting their birth right that was won through pain, and is worth their every effort.