Cyril Ramaphosa: Failing to vote punishes yourself, not government

Cyril Ramaphosa: Failing to vote punishes yourself, not government

Those who fail to vote in next week's election are only punishing themselves, not government, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa. The ANC leader is adamant that not voting is a clear sign that a person is not interested in the progress of South Africa.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa commented recently on South Africans who steer clear of voting in the country's elections, saying that they punish only themselves.

Speaking during a visit to the Eastern Cape, the campaigning leader told residents that they should vote for the ANC if they wish to see change, according to Eyewitness News.

The president had some harsh words for South Africans who opted not to vote when the time omes:

“When they don’t go out and vote and sit back, it’s a clear signal that they are not interested in the progress of our country. They’re not interested in the development of our county.”

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Ramaphosa reportedly received a warm welcome in the rural area, despite a few sceptical attendants. For many it was the first time seeing the president and numerous people indicated that they would be voting next Wednesday.

One resident wanted 'Mongameni' to return after the elections to check up on the community and the changes he proposed:

Even though he had a hero’s welcome in the rural villages, some remained sceptical.

"He promised us, and we’re waiting to see. We are willing to see Mongameni make changes here in Mqanduli."

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