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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The country’s ‘born frees’ make up about two million of the country’s 31.4 million eligible voters, yet only a third of eligible born-frees have registered to cast their ballot, according to South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission.
Experts say it is unclear whether this lack of interest stems from apathy, a seemingly international trend among young people, or something else entirely.
“Youth likely see their political activities and social responsibilities in a fundamentally different way than their parents’ and grandparents’ generations did,” says University of the Witwatersrand vice-chancellor and principal Prof Adam Habib. (END//2014)