As the chilly morning breeze blows and cars zoom past en route to polling stations, a group of men sit on the cold pavement in Orange Grove.
They get excited momentarily as a car slows down, hoping it is a prospective employer. They will vote only later in the day, if they bother to vote at all.
Shaun Morupane said: “We keep voting for the ANC and I am still going to vote for them today, but my life is still the same. I voted for Mandela. I voted for Mbeki. Then I voted for Zuma but I am still here on the side of the road every day, sitting on this very cold pavement. My ID is only good for voting, our own black people do not care for us.”
The 41-year-old added: “It is the hope that things will one day be better for me that will make me vote for the ANC again today.”
Sitting next to him, Tumi Mabaso shakes his head. The ANC will not be getting his vote this time. Mabaso, from Alexandra, said he and the other men on the side of the road, have skills but have been unemployed for many years and have not got very far.
The men said people who stopped on the side of the road to give them work or food are white people. He said blacks do not even give a loaf of bread.
For the past eight years, Mabaso said, he has been going from place to place looking for a job, but with no luck. He applied for an RDP house five years ago but is still waiting. He is angry he’s had to wait so long.
“I have resigned myself to the fact that I will die in a shack. I have been voting ANC all these years but now I am sick and tired, this time I am voting DA,” the 42-year-old man said, taking out his ID book.
“DA is better. It is better if we are ruled by white people because black people just look out for each other and not the whole nation,” he said. -