SA youth plan to skip vote 25 years after freedom

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About six million young South Africans are not registered to vote in the May 8 election — a large swathe of the generation who grew up after the end of apartheid in 1994.

More than half of 18-30 year-olds are missing from the electoral roll in a country that embraced democracy 25 years ago when Nelson Mandela came to power in the first multi-racial elections. Ahead of polling day, two “born frees” — those born after the end of apartheid — spoke to AFP about why they won’t be voting.

Kgatlego More, the doubterAged 22, More is a business student who lives in a residential suburb of Johannesburg with his mother, a fervent supporter of the African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party since 1994.

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