2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

'Yes we might be born free from apartheid but structural issues remain the same'

According to South African Citizens Survey, 4.5 million young eligible voters will not vote in South Africa's upcoming elections on 8 May.

Why are young people not voting?

Read: 'Young people in this country don't feel that they are heard.'

On Wednesday morning #702Breakfast's Bongani Bingwa broadcasts live from Wits University campus.

He speaks to BCom finance student Omphe Lebeloane about why young people are not going to the polling stations.

I think to a certain extent some might say that I am a born free, but born free from what?

Omphe Lebeloane, Bcom finance student - Wits University

We have to admit that we still have two education systems in one country, one for the rich which caters for white people and one for the poor which provides for black people.

Omphe Lebeloane, Bcom finance student - Wits University

Yes, we might be born free apartheid, but the structural issues remain the same.

Omphe Lebeloane, Bcom finance student - Wits University

Lebeloane believes that democracy only brought about cosmetic changes.

The problem lies with the government because the people give the government power when they vote and the government is then supposed to make policies which will cater and uplift people's socio-economic status.

Omphe Lebeloane, Bcom finance student - Wits University

He says from 1994, the African National Congress (ANC) government's policies have favoured white people instead of black people.

Most political parties are too fixated on the past and race-baiting than on young people, he explains.

Political parties need to start from the basics, and young people need to have access to information, and these parties need to have plans in place.

Omphe Lebeloane, Bcom finance student - Wits University

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