It is the run up to the Municipal Elections on Wednesday.
I have checked I am on the roster. I know where I must vote. I have my ID book.
I am excited at the prospect of voting. I am looking forward to Wednesday.
I have been given this right because there were thousands of people who fought for my right to vote, and who died to ensure that it is something that is given to every citizen of this country.
A hundred years ago (far less, but that is not what this is about) as woman, irrelevant to what my colour was, I did not have the right to vote. My voice did not get a chance to be heard.
I was born in 1972. I lived through the apartheid era.
I lived through some of the worst times in South African history, but I am one of the lucky ones. I got to live through it. I got to see our mistakes.
I got to be proud when we became a democratic country with a democratic elected president.
I got to stand in the queue when millions of people who had never had a chance to vote, got that chance.
I remember that day. And every time I stand in a queue, I smile because I remember how monumental that day was.
And it makes me happy. And proud of how far we have come.
I also remember how so many people felt we would go the same way as Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, how we needed to prepare for the biggest civil war ever experienced, how “they” were going to come and take our properties, our lives and our children.
Then we voted. And we went home.
It was okay.
I am not denying that we have experienced our share of violence, political or otherwise – we are not a perfect country.
I am not suggesting that it has all been unicorns and rainbow farts. I am however getting really exhausted by the amount of shit that is shared on Facebook.
Any article that indicates that this election may not be free and fair is shared, and shared and shared some more.
Does anyone actually stop and read the article, properly and then ask themselves, what benefit is there in sharing this crap? This information that at a glance can be seen as total twat material?
So why do you choose to share it. What good will come out of sharing this shit on your time line?
No, it appears that the joy is in the sharing.
The adding to the “noise” that our elections are flawed and do not matter.
That my vote has no value. That your vote has no value.
My future is in my hands on Wednesday. I get to cast my vote — my vote.
And everyone else in South Africa gets to do the same thing.
Can South Africans who are not fleeing to Canada this week, just take a breath. Remember how far we have come. What we have achieved.
What we have become, even when everyone expected flames and blood shed.
I am going to case my vote on Wednesday.
I am telling my children that I get a chance to have my say in the direction that this country heads. I get one vote. I try to make them excited every year about voting, so that when they turn 18 they want to run up and vote —- not sit back with glazed eyes and mumble apathy.
What are you teaching your children by putting this shit on your time line and breathing out this negativity?
You get to vote. Even after all the shit you have shared on FB, you get to vote too.
Instead of wasting your time sharing shit on Facebook, stop, go and do some actual research. Ignore the big headline with the crap copy in it.
Start for once to believe that South Africa is probably the best place to live — well it is for me. I am not blind to what is wrong in this country, but I am optimistic that South Africa should not be discounted just yet.
Listen if Canada rings your bells, then take a flight and go there. Like now.
But try not to piss in the pool that the rest of us are sitting in with our G&T’s whilst we wait to cast our votes.
Wednesday is coming —- cast your vote!!