OFFICE of the premier standing committee chairman in the provincial legislature, Sicelo Gqobana, has called on eligible voters not to let their anger stop them from exercising their right to vote during the local government elections on August 3.
Gqobana, speaking during a voter education roadshow at the Boxer taxi rank on Friday, said the legislature had partnered with the IEC to conduct roadshows around the province.
“The legislature is working with the IEC to educate people about the value and importance of voting.
“We want you to use your right to vote and the power that comes with it to hold government accountable.”
He said people had to take charge of improving their lives by working with government. “It is important for the youth to vote as we are developing their future. Don’t deny yourselves the right to choose a government of your choice. You can also use your vote to remove government.”
He said the black people of South Africa had started “to take government in their hands” over the past 22 years.
“Protect this democracy. The hope of those who died for this democracy is in us, let us think of their sacrifice,” he added.
Lukhanji executive mayor, Nozi Makanda, underlined Gqobana’s message, saying people should look at what happened in the past before deciding on their vote. “Local government is only 15 years old, but you can see progress in the services delivered by the ANC government.
“We ask people not to withhold their votes but to come out in numbers to vote. People must express on the ballot paper what government has done in the past with limited resources,” she said.