Youth apathetic about upcoming elections, some calling it a game

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- businesslive.co.za | 4 weeks ago

Young South Africans are turning their backs on elective politics at the fastest pace in at least two decades, a trend that may hurt the ruling party in next week’s vote.

The number of South Africans under 20 who have registered to participate in the May 8 general election has dropped to the lowest level since at least 1999, data from the SA Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) shows. Among citizens aged 18 to 29 — the biggest segment of the voting population — registrations are at the lowest in at least a decade.

The move may damage the ANC, whose leaders have been named in a string of corruption scandals and have presided over a jobless rate that has persisted at a 15-year high of 27%.

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