For others in her position, this would usually be a rather nondescript, bureaucratic event, to be sorted out in a few minutes. But Williams found herself in the midst of the DA's campaign maelstrom.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane, DA provincial leader Bonginkosi Madikizela, candidate for the Western Cape premiership Alan Winde, DA MP and spokesperson on corruption Phumzile van Damme, DA Women's Network chairperson Nomafrench Mbombo, DA Western Cape deputy leader and MEC Albert Fritz and election campaign spokesperson on youth Luyolo Mphithi, together with their media staff and other DA-supporters – altogether about 22 people in DA-blue – descended on Williams' house in 7th Avenue, Eastridge, Mitchells Plain, with the media in tow. Unfazed in the sudden glare of the media spotlight, and with Maimane's arm around her slender shoulders, Williams told the media she finds everything rather exciting and that she is looking forward to registering to vote for the very first time."I also want to motivate the other youngsters, it is your future, so make a choice," she said, with Van Damme nodding in agreement beside her.
She said the most important thing government can do, is to create jobs for young people. Sharon-Lee Williams, who will register to vote for the first time today, accompanied by several DA leaders in Mitchell’s Plain @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/SURvRVJ8su— Jan Gerber (@gerbjan) January 26, 2019After graduating high school in 2017, Williams spent last year at the Chrysalis Academy, a non-profit organisation mainly funded by the Western Cape Provincial Department of Community Safety, the very same the department where she is currently doing an internship. Next year she will apply to become a law enforcement officer.
The entourage left her home on foot for the voting station – the Mitchells Plain library. As they left, some of the blue-T-shirted members of the group started chanting: "We are? DA! We are? DA!"After the last chant, a young girl from a neighbouring house blurted out, much to the amusement of journalists within earshot: "We are? ANC!"Passing through a market area, Maimane was often stopped by people who wanted their picture taken with him.DA leader [email protected]? posing for photos in Mitchell’s Plain [email protected]? pic.twitter.com/xn5nHUPaXW— Jan Gerber (@gerbjan) January 26, 2019However, the adulation wasn't universal.
"The DA is robbing the people.