I look fucking horrible in the morning. That much was made apparent when I rolled out of bed around 6am this morning to make sure I was first in line to vote. The mirror doesn't lie, well mine doesn't anyway. My hair is usually a mess, my cheeks are all pink and puffy and I have a stupid grin on my face with my eyes half closed, like I'm high or something.
Vote I did. I took a five rand coin, called heads DA and tales COPE, and after a good old toss of the coin, I made my decision.
In all honesty, I don't care much for South African politics...I don't care that COPE is labled as disgruntled ex-ANC members, and I don't care that the DA is reportedly pro-Israel...I don't care beyond how it affects me. All I do know is that the country needs a strong opposition, so I will vote for whatever opposition there is, regardless of whether or not I agree with their policies; all in an attempt to take the two-third majority away from the governing ANC.
My poor sis is working her ass off...she left the house just after Fajr, around 05:20am. We're only expecting her back tomorrow morning, around the same time. Thats what you get when you work for the IEC. Alot of people aren't going to vote which is a shame really, because these are the same people who will complain endlessly about the government. And their defense is "Why bother, it's not going to make a difference".
Assuming that 2million+ people share the same sentiment...thats 2 million+ less votes for the opposition. So in essence, not voting is allowing the tyrany to continue. The dangers of a one-party state? Zimbabwe. Enough said.
I was very disappointed that out of the millions of South African's in the UK, less than 10 000 voted. It's sad to know that we've got the numbers, but the numbers can't be bothered.
I don't know what may come out of this election. If or when Zuma is elected president, I don't know how that will damage us as a nation. All I can hope for is positive change...who knows, maybe he'll surprise us. Maybe it's not all doom and gloom.
In other news...I just want to send a shout out to my blogger friend Tazeen who's been going through a very tough time lately. I know nothing I say will ease her anguish. Nothing I say will bring back what she's lost. But I'm thinking of her, and praying for her inner strength to shine through, so that she can get through this.
Here's to better times for us all...no matter where you are in this world.