Went down to London to vote today. On the 22nd of April, South Africa goes to the polls for its third national elections since the final fall of Apartheid in 1994.
I make a point about voting. I think it’s a pretty important public duty. I think I kinda owe it to all the women in the world who still can’t vote.
Anyway, this vote is particularly important. The outcome is inevitable. The ANC is the party of the people, the part of the struggle and of Mandela. However, the ANC is currently led by a man who makes me very, very nervous. We won’t mention his time in court since he was acquitted of the rape charge and his corruption charges have been dropped. We’ll also ignore his rape trial statements that women wearing short skirts should be careful and that having a shower after sex with an HIV positive woman is a fairly good prophylactic. And I won’t go into the polygamy or the homophobia, because the former is a lifestyle choice…oh and so is the latter. Eish.
What does make me nervous is that if he gets a two thirds majority he can change the constitution.
And that would be bad. Very very bad. And that is why I got up very early today to take advantage of my right to vote abroad. Along with lots of other South Africans.
Now we wait.
If you’re interestest in what some of the more controversial international press have to say about our waiting president, click here.
Or click here for how our incumbent is reacting.
Or click here for a funny, but infinitively sad statement by one of our greatest political satirists, Pieter Dirk Uys, in defence of a hilarious satirical cartoonist, Jonathon Shapiro, who is being sued by our future fearless leader.
On the plus side, once we’d done the queueing and voting, my mate and I got to lurk around London and see some of the sights. Pictures below: