Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
4 Nov 2021
6:00 am

Low voter turnout is a sign of a hopeless nation

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

This speaks about an exhausted generation who have traded their ambitions for perhaps the absenteeism that coexists with the hangover of poverty, unemployment and denied opportunities that are the order of the day.

Lines at the voting station in Saulsville in Attidgeville, Tshwane. Picture: Gallo Images / Alet Pretorius)

The low voter turnout speaks to a political leadership vacuum – not just in the ruling party, but holistically in the country when citizens find that there is no point in seeking a political alternative. If people thought there was, the numbers would have said this… the numbers tell a story of political hopelessness. What makes matters worse is that the ruling party has been tarnished with maladministration and corruption scandals. And opposition parties have very little plan to their manifestos if they do not criticise the ANC. On the other side, the youth, so full of potential, are hopeless....