'Voter apathy does not bode well for SA's democracy'

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- farmersweekly.co.za | 2 months ago

The most worrying trend in this general election was the poor voter turnout, which was just over 65%, said political risk analyst and associate professor at the Wits Business School, Mzukusi Qobo.

He said high levels of apathy, especially among the youth, did not bode well for the quality of a democracy. “[The youth] is the segment that has to shape the future and if their voices are not heard it is very difficult to give any political direction to the country,” he said.

Although the ANC had shed about 10% of electoral support since 2009, this was not a concern, but rather a reflection of how the country’s democracy was maturing, he said.

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