What Do the 2019 Elections Mean to You?

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  This quote from Albert Einstein burrowed its way into my head a few days before today’s elections and has lingered ever since.

Today I, along with my friend, visited some of the voting stations in Makhanda in order to pick the brains of the residents, and get a feel of the situation. We focused mainly on young people to understand their thoughts about the country and what they’re looking forward to.
Sive Vena, 22. “This year’s elections give students like myself a voice, and not only for the students but the country as a whole. I’m expecting some sort of change and some positives.”
Munsaka Juunza, 18. ” Elections mean change… I’m hoping for a shift in power for the betterment of the country. You can’t complain if you didn’t vote, your opinion does not really matter if you don’t play your part.”
Njabulo Brilliant Sibeko, 18. “Someone like me can finally play their part and make a difference. By voting you can make some change to the country.”
Glenn Arthur, 60. “Let’s change. It’s time for change. If you want thing to be better then you have to do something about it.”
Everyone we spoke to wants some kind of change, regardless of whether change arrives now or later. The quote that’s now living in my head kept poking me whenever the word change popped up.
Change is not a new desire for this country. Go back to before 1994, the first ever democratic elections in South Africa, people were fighting for change even then and although we did rid ourselves of the despicable regime that was apartheid, fragments of the past remain and people are not entirely happy.
Perhaps I’m afraid that this is all for naught, and nothing better is in store for this country. I’m afraid that when the results arrive people won’t be happy, they will parade the streets proudly calling for a new South Africa, but as time passes we will revert back to the same old routine.
Words by Abongile Mayana
Photos by Nina Leslie