Youth-led political party aims to get more young people to vote in elections
Today, a youth-only political party launched its campaign for the October local elections.
In the last major elections in South Africa in 2019, young voters had the lowest turnout than any other demographic.
Voter apathy among young people is also fueled by disillusionment with the country’s political system.
At the launch of this year’s municipal elections, South African Election Commission (IEC) Chairman Glen Mashinini said that of the 15 million eligible voters who had not yet registered, about two thirds were under 30 years old.
Today, a youth-led political party launched its campaign for the October local elections.
We the people hopes to attract those young people who do not vote.
Us the People spokesperson Tshireletso Mati joins Clement Manyathela – replacing Bongani Bingwa – in learning more about the party and why young people should consider them.
The party was formed by the youth … to particularly tackle the question of the nature of politics in the country … Our politics have been based on dependence on leaders. We must therefore change the way of thinking of our people. Change policy to move towards the autonomy of the people, not to rely on the leaders for anything.
Tshireletso Mati, spokesperson for We the People
The party believes that the existing parties do not have the right approach to leadership. He says he has the right approach to attract young people.
Ours is to make young people aware that if we do not participate in this democratic process, we will continue to live the harsh conditions that we live …
Tshireletso Mati, spokesperson for We the people
Listen to the full interview below …