As the local government election knocks at the door and as South Africans are being urged to register, a commercial sex worker who had gotten herself ready ahead of the elections had revealed why the election is important to her. She said she registered for the local government elections so she would have a job.
The weekend was spent by most parties taking a door to door campaign for a qualified South African adult who is yet to be registered. It was in this process that reporters met the commercial sex worker in Bloemfontein who said she had registered so that she could vote for a politician who would provide a legal job opportunity for her.
The 37-year-old sex worker from Dinaweng outside Bloemfontein, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had registered to vote, hoping it would change her over 7 years situation
I don’t like working as a prostitute. I am hoping that my vote will give me an opportunity to leave this life behind,” she said.
“My children think that I am a domestic worker and that is fine. But my main concern now is to get a decent job. I registered so that my children can have a better future.”
It obvious how unemployment has affected people most especially the young ones who are anticipating a change in the coming regime.
However, in reaction to president Zuma’s SONA speech, the DA accused the president of neglecting one of the most important issues in the country- unemployment.
According to the party leader, Mmusi Maimane, about 8.3 million South Africans are jobless and “the president announced no new plan to address our unemployment crisis and create new jobs. It is quite clear that President Zuma is simply unable to kick-start our ailing economy‚ and create hope that we can build a united‚ non-racial South Africa‚ with opportunities for everyone”.But the president in one of his speech stated that it was not wholly in the government’s hands to create jobs.
Meanwhile, as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) continues to urge eligible voters to register ahead of the election, some says registering is unnecessary as they are not interested in voting. One of such people is a woman from Dinaweng who said her vote was not going to make a difference.
“I am not registering to vote because there is no use. They [government] have been preaching jobs and there is still nothing even today,” she said.
Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Ward 19, Michael Motloung, said he was excited by the number of young people who had registered to vote since Saturday.
“Today [Sunday] is very slow, but we have registered more young people yesterday and today and that for us is amazing,” he said.