Zimbabweans at Beitbridge border sceptical about elections
Waste of money travelling to Zimbabwe to cast vote, says one woman
As polls open for general elections in Zimbabwe to elect the country’s President and the legislature, GroundUp spoke to Zimbabwean youths at the Beitbridge border post. Most said they will not bother crossing the border to exercise their voting rights. They were sceptical about any political change arising from Wednesday’s elections.
“This is not the first time we have witnessed the current ruling party clinging to power even though they have been voted out,” said a 23-year-old from Midlands Province.
He said he expected a repeat of the 2018 elections, when ZANU-PF officially won 52% of the vote.
He was in South Africa because he could not find a job in Zimbabwe. He washes trucks at the Limpopo truck stop.
A woman from Harare expressed a similar view. “No matter how Zimbabweans vote against the ruling ZANU-PF, results will always come in favour of ZANU-PF. So there is no need to waste money travelling to Zimbabwe to cast my vote,” she told Groundup.
For the past five years she has been doing laundry for long-haul truck drivers.
“In 2018, I voted against ZANU-PF, thinking we were going to realise a change, but that never materialised,” said another young man. He sells second hand car tyres at the border. “Now I think the best way is to join this ruling party. Maybe the party will offer us jobs.”
On Wednesday morning, as the polls open, the usually busy Beitbridge border is quiet.
2023 Zimbabwean General Election
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