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DLABATHI CAST SPECIAL VOTE
06 May 2019
As part of strengthening our country’s democracy, ANC Ekurhuleni Chief Whip Cllr Jongizizwe Dlabathi casted his special vote at Sakhelwe Primary School on Monday, 06 May 2019.
Special voting in South Africa in the 2019 National and Provincial Elections took place on Monday, 06 May and Tuesday, 07 May 2019 as per the election timetable.
Dlabathi said he was excited that he voted and was able to exercise his democratic right of voting to protect our democratic gains that we’ve achieved in the past 25-years.
“We must consolidate them and do better. And of course my vote is note a secrete I voted for the African National Congress, simply because I believe that the it is the only organisation that can take us forward” he said.
Speaking to the local newspaper on Monday he said, he believes the African National Congress is still going to continue being in government but acknowledges that there’s a need to change the status of unemployment as we’ve got a large number of young people who are not working.
“This is affecting a lot of our young people. We need to improve our education system with the emphases on technical skills, training and development. This is for our young people so that they can be able to create their own employment and contribute meaningfully to the growth of our economy. These are required not only for the country but for us as individuals to use our skills for self-sustainability. And the 3rd most important area of which I think we need to improve on is the quality of health care. Everyone must have access to a much better health care service and I am excited that our movement has made a commitment of rolling out massively the National Health Insurance and I believe it is step in the right direction” he said.
Dlabathi believes to vote is the most important thing to do. He said it is our civil responsibility to do. He said we must protect our democracy by having a sense of where we come from as a lot of things have change and bettered the lives of many of South Africans as many can attest to that effect.
He encouraged the residents of Ekurhuleni not to despair as many people stand to benefit through this democracy.
Dlabathi was counted amongst 774 000 who had registered to cast their special votes, in which over 450 000 voters who were unable to make their way to voting station on 8 May were visited in their homes.
A special vote allows registered voter, who can’t vote at their voting station on election day, to apply to vote on a predetermined day before election day.
Meanwhile, In Gauteng, out of 2771 voting stations, approximately 3 voting stations did not open for voting stations on Monday.
ANC Caucus in Ekurhuleni welcomed the State of the City Address delivered by the Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina at the Germiston Council Chamber in OR Tambo Government Precinct Civic Centre – Germiston on Wednesday, 18 March 2020.