Analysts are concerned: Why did so many young people forgo voting?

Analysts are concerned: Why did so many young people forgo voting?

- Although the 2019 South African Elections are over, analysts are still wrapping their heads around the worryingly low number of young people who cast their votes

- Over 50% of South Africa’s youth did not vote this year

- SA’s brand ambassador says that the reason many young people gave for not voting is that they feel angry and despondent about the status quo

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The African National Congress (ANC) officially won South Africa’s 2019 Elections and Cyril Ramaphosa has been inaugurated as President; however, analysts are still pondering the statistics of these past elections.

Over 50% of young people in South Africa opted out of the elections this year, eNCA reported.

Analysts suggest that this may be due to the fact that a great deal of SA’s youth believes that the government does not have their best interests at heart.

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Brand ambassador for SA, Ntsako Mhlanga, explained that young South Africans are tired of all talk and no action.

“You had over 50% of young people who did not vote and when you ask them why they did not vote it's because they had no faith, they were really angry about how much didn't happen in the past 10 years,” Mhlanga explained.

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The brand ambassador also shared her hopes that job opportunities for SA’s youth would be a priority for the South African Presidency, moving forward. gathered that many young SA graduates are frustrated at the prospect of not being able to find employment, even after achieving tertiary education.

“The youth have a voice and we have been using our voices, can we just get jobs. We can't be educated and at home, we can't be educated on the streets asking for jobs as if we are beggers,” Mhlanga explained.

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