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‘Parties Didn’t Do Enough To Urge Youth Vote’

Former student leader Mcebo Dlamini said it was unfortunate that so many young people showed no interest in voting.

He described their lack of interest as a miscarriage of democracy on Wednesday. Dlamini was speaking in Vilakazi Street, at Orlando West in Soweto, shortly after casting his vote.

“It doesn’t matter who you vote for, but for young people to lose interest in voting is a miscarriage of democracy, and it’s really sad,” he said. 

“One would really hope that young people would have the energy to vote with the emergence of the fees must fall and Rhodes must fall movements. We thought that these would have raised the level of consciousness in our people.”

Dressed in ANC regalia, he was among the 2,000 people who applied to cast their votes at Orlando West High School, situated just a few metres away from the Mandela family home. 

Dlamini also criticised contesting political parties for not doing enough to encourage the youth. 

“I think all the parties who are contesting elections this year, didn’t do well in terms of encouraging people to vote. During the voter registration we didn’t see massive campaigns … to say vote, go and register, and those kind of things,” he noted.

He added young people who did not vote on the basis of service delivery did not understand the power to vote.  

“To say you won’t vote because of service delivery then, I mean, it’s sad. It means you don’t understand the power to vote and how you can actually ensure there is service delivery.” -Timeslive