- New studies show that young South Africans have little faith in democracy
- The research suggests that they are also less trusting of political parties
- This is supported by the high numbers of young people who did not register for this year's election
Stats from this year's election paint a bleak picture of youth participation in democracy.
It is estimated that roughly six million young South Africans did not register to vote this year.
Additionally, less than 20% of young people who were eligible to vote for the first time this year registered.
The University of Johannesburg's Centre for Social Development says that this data suggests that the youth are losing faith in democracy.
According to eNCA, the centre conducted a study across over 3 400 young South Africans to gauge their views on elections and democracy. The study found that young people were less trusting of political parties and political organisations than older South Africans.
Additionally, the study indicated that young South Africans value socio-economic well-being significantly more than democracy.
Another study done by the centre found that faith in government was incredibly low among the young people they interviewed, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
These findings echo research conducted by Wits University, which has found that many young South Africans do not adulate the 'miracle' of 1994 and the transition to democracy as many older citizens do.
While the youth have benefited from many of the advantages of democracy, many of them also struggle with unemployment and a tough job market.
All of these factors contribute to an erosion in faith in democracy.
However, this also suggests that political parties need to do more to win the confidence of these potential voters - who could play a major role in determining the balance of political power in future.
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