Jennie Ridyard
2 minute read
15 Nov 2021
4:30 am

Doing all you can for the struggle

Jennie Ridyard

Back then it felt like I was doing all I could. Such was the sleight of hand of growing up under the apartheid regime.

Former deputy president FW de Klerk. Picture: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

The first time I voted was not 1994. The first time I voted was at the behest of FW de Klerk. It was the 1992 Yes-No referendum asking should we, white South Africa, continue down the path of dismantling apartheid? I remember going to vote at my old school. Political parties massed under the bluegum trees, braai smoke filled the air, and the AWB were handing out boerie rolls. “I don’t eat meat,” I snapped when they waved a sausage in my face, and it felt like a powerful political statement. I proudly voted YES, and how big it seemed,...