Rise Mzansi’s Youth Mobilisation Coordinator, Lawrence Manaka, says he believes that young people have not completely opted out of politics, but rather out of the political party system.
Manaka’s remarks come as South Africa gears up for the 2024 national elections, which come amid concerns that 14 million young South Africans eligible to vote did not register to vote in the 2021 local government polls.
Young people make up 35% of the country’s population and political commentators have insinuated that next year’s election results could be interesting, as more political parties have come the fore, aligning themselves with young people.
Manaka says the high number of the unregistered youth might appear as though young people are not actively participating in democracy, such notions are false.
“This is evident in Civil Society Organisations and most recently 4 000 young people took part in a march along with members of the National Youth Coalition.”
He further adds that this is why the party is looking at politics differently, as they always have the voter in mind first.
Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa