The IFP Youth Brigade has made a clarion call to South Africans in general and the youth in particular to visit municipal offices now, as there is still a brief window period to register to vote. Once the election date of 3 August 2016 is proclaimed, which will happen soon, registration will close.
Reacting to the announcement that 1.3 million people registered over the past weekend, IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, said, “We are encouraged by the number of people who took the time out to enrich our democratic process through registering over the past weekend. But the message must still go out that those who didn’t register have one last shot, by going to their nearest municipal office.”
Emphasising the importance of registering, Hlengwa said, “The 2016 local government elections come at a crucial time when South Africa is at a crossroads. There are only two options; either we continue on the slippery slope of poor service delivery, fraud, corruption, unemployment and ‘state capture’, or we venture in the direction of good governance, service delivery, job creation, adherence to the rule of law and constitutionalism. To change the course of South Africa in the latter direction, all South Africans must be on the voters roll so that they can make their voices heard. There is no need to despair and accept the kind of governance the ANC offers, where fraud and corruption prevail. You can still register to have your say.”
He added, “These upcoming elections must lay a solid foundation for the change we desire and deserve in a free and democratic South Africa, which must be fully realised in 2019. The agenda of change in the direction the country is taking can no longer be delayed. It begins with registering to vote.”
The IFP Youth Brigade salutes the young women and men who have either registered or checked their registration status.
For further information, please contact:
MKHULEKO HLENGWA MP
IFPYB National Chairperson
076 521 3221