Former public protector Thuli Madonsela encouraged the youth to go and vote in every election saying that it’s important for them to determine who will govern their affairs.
Madonsela described the experience of voting on Wednesday as “fantastic”.
“It is fantastic to vote. It’s about honouring the fact people died, people sacrificed their lives for us to vote,” she said.
The former public protector urged people to think about the society they want to live in when they are voting.
“One must ask themselves if they want to live in a society where corruption doesn’t steal our people’s dreams. Voting is important because it’s that one time you get an opportunity to determine who will govern your affairs,” Madonsela added.
With many worried about political parties not leaving up to their expectation, Madonsela said that even though parties don’t tick all the boxes they should vote for the one that ticked the most.
“People should know nobody is perfect. They should vote for the imperfectly perfect.”
She also pleaded with young people who are registered but decided to utilise their right no to vote, to rethink their decision in the next polls.
“To those who do not want to vote, please rethink your decision. No political party is perfect. Don’t make other people make choices for you, because you will live in South Africa.”