Why is the percentage of South African youth voters low?

Research by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) revealed that disillusionment with the current political landscape is the primary reason why young people are not participating in democratic processes like elections.

Lauren Tracey, a researcher with ISS, says te youth participation is dependent on their satisfaction with democracy, and whether they believe the current ruling party is addressing the challenges they face.

Its not just the ANC that young people are concerned about, it is the formal political structure that they are concerned about. They are referring to political parties who are not hearing their voices. They feel alienated from formal democratic processes.

Lauren Tracey, researcher

Tracey says that young people also mentioned their concerns with low unemployment and poor education system as well as corruption among the political elite.

The research specifically focused on young people between 18 - 24 age group.

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