Thabo Mbeki is urging the youth of the nation to ensure they are registered to vote in the May 2019 elections. The former president reminded South Africa that the right to vote came at a tremendous cost to those who heralded in democracy.
Former president Thabo Mbeki is encouraging young South Africans to register to vote in the upcoming May elections, reminding them that the right came at a price for the country.
Taking to social media to share his message with the youth of the nation, Mbeki reminded us of the first democratic elections in 1994:
“[About] 25 years ago, millions of us waited for hours in long queues to cast our votes in South Africa’s very first democratic elections. Many people paid with their lives to bring about this remarkable achievement,”
The ex-president explained that this should be respected and the right to vote should not be taken for granted:
“All of us must vote to bring about the change we seek as well as make an important statement about the South Africa we want. We therefore urge all our young people to use the remaining time to register at their local IEC office. Please note that the voters’ roll will only close after the election date has been gazetted.”
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the elections will be held on the 8th of May.
According to the Sowetan, opposition parties have been gearing up in anticipation. The majority have already released their election manifestos, detailing their plans for the country.
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