Youth voters at 20-year low as protests beat polls

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The move may damage the governing African National Congress, 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%.

This could also limit the benefits for the Economic Freedom Fighters, formed by expelled ANC youth leader Julius Malema in 2014, which is counting on support from young black South Africans with populist policies such as expropriating land without payment. Voter apathy “There is an element of voter apathy and not political apathy — in universities, you see robust and noisy politics which is usually powerful enough to effect change,” said Mpumelelo Mkhabela, an independent political analyst.

“The EFF has helped to energise young people.

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