When one considers the youth of South Africa in politics, people tend to think they would flock either to the ruling party or to the EFF. If the launch of the Democratic Alliance's manifest is anything to go by, it appears as if young people are attracted to their message of change.
The weekend saw the Democratic Alliance launching their manifesto for the 2019 elections. The event had been attended by around 20 000 people, mostly young South Africans.
Victor Makeke, a 24-year-old unemployed man from Limpopo, attended with a group of friends and says that he would be putting his mark behind the party's name come May.
According to Daily Maverick, Makeke was born on the farm where he lives now with his family. His father also works at the farm, earning only R2 500 a month, both Makeke, his mother and his sister are unemployed.
When asked why he had turned his back on the ANC, who had enjoyed his support up until recently, he simply said that the party chose to empower friends and family over the people. What change is he after? Simply water and electricity, possibly even employment.
Thozi Mokhotho also attended the event. The 25-year-old is also unemployed, battling to find work despite having completed an education degree. Mokhotho is also hopeful that voting for the DA, hopeful that the change they speak of will come to pass. For her, a job would mean being rid of outstanding student fees.
Nolubabalo Samela is yet another young South African who is unemployed. Samela revealed that she never goes hungry thanks to a DA member in her area caring for her. Job creation and service delivery is part of what attracted her to the party in the first place, something she would like to see take place in her community.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the manifesto launch had been heralded as proof of the party's growth by Solly Msimanga, mayor of Tshwane and premier hopeful. However, only time will tell which party will win the favor of South Africans come May.
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