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“Nomarally’s” hopscotching raises questions about voting behaviour

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Thembeka Dliwako, who has social media abuzz after attending yet another political party manifesto launch, has sparked a debate on factors that influence voting decisions.
The Mnambithi TVET college student, who is fondly known as uNomarally, first shot into social media stardom earlier this year after users noticed that she attends most political party events in Durban.
She’s so far been spotted at the IFP, ANC, EFF and ActionSA’s rallies.

Speaking after attending ActionSA’s rally this weekend, the tertiary student said she attends the rallies so that she can make an informed decision at the polls.

Political analyst, Prof Dirk Kotze, says while her reasoning is commendable, it seldom becomes the sole factor that influences a person’s voting decision.

Professor Kotze says people’s voting habits are, partly, shaped by the practices and routines of their families, among others.

Professor Sam Koma agrees with Kotze.

He adds that all political parties that have so far launched their manifestos have failed to articulate their plan for young people.

Professor Koma attributes “Nomarally’s” crisscrossing to this lack of clear and direct attention to detail to issues that face the youth.

That’s a miss, he says, has left some young people confused ahead of the May general elections.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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