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Kodwa Urges South Africans to Exercise Their Right to Vote in Forthcoming Elections

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Sports, Arts, and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa has emphasised the importance of voting in the upcoming National and Provincial Elections, advocating for active participation to elect leaders who truly represent the community’s aspirations.

Sports, Arts, and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa has emphasised the importance of voting in the upcoming National and Provincial Elections, advocating for active participation to elect leaders who truly represent the community’s aspirations.

Speaking at the National Dialogue on 30 Years of Democracy, Minister Kodwa underscored the fundamental right to vote as an indispensable element of democracy that should be exercised by everyone.

“People deciding not to vote must never be an option because an option to vote is a right that was denied for many years. I call upon all South Africans to exercise their right to vote and elect people that will give expression to the will and aspirations of the community,” Minister Kodwa stated during the event held at Freedom Park on Tuesday evening.

The dialogue marked the celebration of three decades of democracy, a period that has witnessed South Africa transitioning from the clutches of apartheid to embracing unity and collective governance. Minister Kodwa reflected on this journey, stating that the triumphs of democracy are the collective inheritance of all South Africans, irrespective of their backgrounds.

“Thirty years must be a celebration not of government, not of a governing party but of all South Africans because it is… South Africans who brought about this freedom. A South African who is in the villages, who is in town, who is in urban areas must feel part of the 30 years and must be given a voice,” he highlighted.

Minister Kodwa further expounded on the essence of nation-building as enshrined in the 1996 Constitution, which advocates for a unified South African nation. He pointed out that national symbols like the flag and anthem are pivotal in forging a common identity and called for the celebration of significant moments that encapsulate the spirit of the nation.

As the dialogue also served as a precursor to a series of debates intended to enrich discussions on democracy and national identity, Minister Kodwa laid emphasis on the responsibilities accompanying the right to vote. He underscored the importance of electing leaders who uphold the Constitution and its vision for a non-racial and united South Africa.

“A right to vote is not just enough. It’s important that you must understand the manifesto of a party because… any party and leader that wins any election must give expression to the Constitution,” he explained

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