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The south africans want to vote, but a hashtagg shows widespread opposition

a quarter of A century has passed since Nelson Mandela and the ANC won South africa's first free elections and the apartheid system of racial segregation and oppression of non-whites which was the official policy for more than 50 years – were the story.

the Hashtag #IWantToVoteBut, I want to vote but, have sailed up on the country's high score on Twitter in recent days, a sign of growing criticism of the established political system's ability to deliver change in everyday life.

A selection of voices from the movement illustrates both the frustration over the state of things and the lack of alternative solutions:

my parents have voted since 1994 and are still living in a shed while the people they voted for lives in the manor.”

lånehajen do not want to return my id card”, referring to the many who find it difficult to get bank loans may leave their id card as a pledge of the local lenders.

it is to determine who will get rich on your taxes.”

don't have 3-5 years experience”, refers to the ”standard answers” that jobseekers are at the rejection of a job application.

and voted for the first time in the parliamentary elections in 2014 and the second time in the 2016 local elections. Now the question is how many of them go to the varurnorna. Ahead of the elections has barely 350,000 to 18-19-year-olds registered, which is 46 per cent lower against the elections in 2014.

Those that have decided not to vote no longer buy it repeated the argument that voting is sacred to many south africans gave their lives so that they would be able to vote

”Those who have decided not to vote no longer buy it repeated the argument that voting is sacred to many south africans gave their lives so that they would be able to vote,” writes Solly Moeng, columnist at newspaper The South African, and continues:

”They have come up with smart ’Born Free’-explanations not to vote; freed from the shackles of the ’stay at home-shame’. They are staying at home for themselves, in order to send a message in their own way, and they will not listen to any explanation that tries to make them feel guilty for the sacrifices made by others in a past that they were for the unborn to be a part of”.

Photo: Erik Esbjörnsson

The established parties are three in number and there are legitimate reasons to not vote for any of them.

it is the socialist ruling party which has produced many prominent leaders, and who can proudly take credit for having won the fight for political freedom in the country. But millions of south africans waiting for economic justice. A long maktinnehav has created substantial corruption at the local and national level. The fatigue that characterizes the ANC's rule is replaced by enthusiasm, only in the nostalgic recollections on the past and the movement is in the best of cases fuzzy when they talk about the future. Potential vänsterväljare intimidated by president Cyril Ramaphosas standing invitations to the business community while any högerväljare are concerned that Ramaphosa should be marginalized by a populist international organisation.

is a vänsterpopulistiskt party that was created by the colorful ungdomspolitikern Julius Malema after he ported by the ANC for its lively style and constant racist slurs. At the 2014 elections concerned the Malemas entrance around in the political pot, and many are grateful that his entry has forced the ANC to focus on the large mass of poor blacks. But not all who vote for Malema want to see him govern the country. The party is perceived as frivolous, and its only proper representative, Malema, promise big but have no credible explanations of how his reforms will be financed. The talk about the nationalization of the assets of scaring many voters as the north of the Limpopo river have seen what similar rhetoric led to in Zimbabwe.

has taken her role as liberalkonservativt opposition party very seriously and has been indispensable in the defense of the constitution during the former president's Jacob Zuma's destructive year. South africa has been hit by far fewer corruption scandals in the areas where the DA governs, mainly in the area around Cape town. But black voters don't want to know of the lectures from the white when it was they who created the problems from the first beginning. A large brawl in Cape town in the last year, where the colored mayor Patricia De Lille was thrown out of the party after having been at odds with management, confirmed the widespread suspicion among black voters: that the DA remains a party of white and black or colored politicians are just there for the sake of appearances.

the many voters who stay at home. Some larger väljarflöden is not expected to occur between the parties. The election will not be won by the party that attracts the most voters from the opponents, but by the party that manages to delete a ”But” and get their own followers to tweet #IwantToVote.

I don't trust the EFF and I are tired of the ANC and will never vote for the DA so I don't know which party I should vote for.”

I'm too poor to vote ANC, for the kind of EFF and black for DA.”

I don't like DA, I no longer trust the ANC and I like chaos as EFF creates but I can not vote for them for they will create chaos in the whole country.”

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