Hagen Engler
4 minute read
7 Nov 2021
4:58 am

When did we decide that voting just isn’t as cool as it used to be?

Hagen Engler

Voting for the candidate you think has the least chance of doing any real damage isn't the best way to vote, but it's the least shameful.

Residents gather at the Rayton voting station during the 2016 Local Government Elections. Photo: Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius

As I groaned at the ceiling and nursed my worst hangover of the year by miles, I shuddered in feverish horror at the prospect of dragging myself out of bed to go stand in the blazing sun at my voting station for an hour. Besides the very real threat to my health, I was also dismayed that it had come to this. I remember a time when I practically skipped to the polls, proud to further endorse the progress being made by our leaders in the project to build a free, democratic, non-racist and non-sexist society for all South Africans....