- One Marikana resident says he will vote ANC despite being unhappy with the party
- Another citizen also expressed disappointment with the ANC, but said he would be voting for the ruling party because of their history
- It remains to be seen how many voters in total think the same way
Marikana resident Mzwandile Ngqothwana says he will cast his vote for the ANC despite the evidence of the party's extensive corruption.
Ngqothwana says he and many others will vote for the ruling party because they are employed by the current government.
He said it was a case of choosing the devil you know rather than the devil you don't.
"They are corrupt but what can we say?" Ngqothwana told News24.
Ngqothwana expressed dissatisfaction with the ANC's service delivery in Marikana, not just its corruption. He said that while the party had built some RDP houses, many of them were inadequate.
However, he said that any other party, if elected, would likely be just as inefficient.
Additionally, he said that he had learnt from the ANC's 25 years in power that change does not come quickly. As a result, he says that it would take a long time before he saw the positive results of a new government.
Others in Marikana, like 50-year-old Peter Mathonzi, say they are disappointed with the ANC but will continue to vote for the party due to its history.
The ANC is the oldest liberation movement in the continent and played a significant role in the struggle against apartheid. It is also the party of Nelson Mandela, an international icon who remains deeply popular among South Africans, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
These two voters provide a glimpse into how some South Africans will be thinking when they head to the polls. It remains to be seen how this will play out once all the votes are tallied.
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