This is more than just a segment of the population that could result in a swing vote
It is highly unlikely that young South Africans will turn up at the May 8 polls in the numbers that political parties are hoping for. Of the ninemillion eligible voters in the country who have not registered to vote, sixmillion are under the age of 30.
This is more than just a segment of the population that could result in a swing vote. Instead they could determine who wins the elections simply by casting their vote.
Yet young people are choosing not to vote and this is something that concerns both the Electoral Commission of South Africa and the political parties who would love to have these young voters on their side.
The fact remains that young people are not voting, but one of the core issues – youth unemployment, which is ridiculously high – will have an impact on the lives of the youth.
They can make the difference in determining whether the country becomes a global powerhouse or if it stagnates economically. Youth are put off by the country’s political system, which leaves them confused, but more especially distrusting of those who act in their interests.
When the youth do come to the party – and this may occur at the 2024 elections – then they will breathe new life into the country’s political system.