[ View the story "'Born free' South Africans look toward country's future" on Storify] 'Born free' South Africans look toward country's future What are the hopes and concerns for the nation's young, post-apartheid generation?
The Stream· Wed, Apr 30 2014 10:28:33
South Africa's post-Apartheid generation, also dubbed the "
", will be voting for the first time in the country's elections May 7. The "born frees", including children, make up
40 per cent
of the country's population. Despite a predicted fifth-consecutive victory for the ruling
African National Congress
, many say the party could record its lowest results in years.
Twenty years after the end of apartheid, the ANC faces growing challenges in future elections to win the votes of a new generation raised in a post-apartheid South Africa. However, of an estimated 1.9 million individuals between 18-19, only 646,313 have registered for the upcoming elections.
In the video below by
, born-frees talk about growing up in a post-apartheid South Africa:
Born free in the new SAewnonline
South Africa has also been called one of the most unequal societies.
reports that according to a 2011 census, incomes of black South African households increased by 169 per cent in the past 10 years yet white South Africans continue to earn six times more.
Although President Jacob Zuma is likely to remain president, many online accused the ANC of corruption. Others said they will not vote for the ruling party:
The ideals and constitution of the ANC are the values I most relate to from all of the candidates in the upcoming election. However, I cannot vote for them given the widespread corruptionZubaidah Saloojee
Dear born free: voting for ANC is not your birth burden! You are not obliged to do it and you should exercise your freedom of CHOICE. ChooseAgangSA_Cde
@thullyBabes @AJStream Im voting against ANC cos it has become the monster it was fighting all those years.matodzikwinda
@AJStream anc are the main culprits of corruption, they need to lose power otherwise south africa will go downhill.morne visser
@AJStream what i dont understand is why will someone want to vote for the anc itf the president spend 246million rands on his homestead????morne visser
@AJStream they need to understand that #bornfree people want progress and development dwelling in the past solves nothingKihembo BMOC
@AJStream the youth normally like to do the opposite to their parents so let's hope that means they will not vote for the #ANCDion van Aardt
Some young voters say they will still support the ANC:
@myanc4life I'm a born free n will be voting for the 1st time! My Vote goes to My ANC✗ROCKAFEllA
@AJStream I am voting for the ANC because it has done so much for this country, and it will still do more. I am free today because ANC.Thully Hlomuka
@AJStream It is the first election where we #BornFrees will cast out votes. #ThankYouANCMaseeha
I'm 16 and I will never vote DA! What's wrong with these adults voting DA!! ANC is the future!! I'm a born free because of ANC ! #Anc_winsCrayLotte Phakamile
Am not going to waste my first vote *voting ANC* putting it to good use #SAVotes2014Moyagabo Motshekga
The emergence of new political parties is another electoral challenge facing the ANC. The main opposition party in the upcoming election is the
predict will win more votes than in the past.
Below is an advertisement by the DA calling on "born free" South Africans to use their first vote for their party:
The ANC is also being challenged by the leftist
Economic Freedom Fighters
, led by Julius Malema, the expelled-leader of the ANC youth league.
In the video bellow, Al Jazeera's
talks to members of the EFF about their youth following:
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Some online believe South Africans will be more inclined to vote for smaller parties:
@AJStream therefore many unhappy S.Africans will vote for smaller parties like #EFF or #DA.Collectively decreasing ANC parliamentary seatsYumnah Cassim
@locke @AJStream With the DA they have young people like Mr Maimane as their provincial candidate, as youth we are sick of old people in ANCjabu
@locke @AJStream Yes the numbers which the EFF has gained from the people who have defected from the ANC are huge, i saw in their rallies.jabu
Other detractors from the ANC, including former government ministers, launched the
campaign. Organisers are calling on citizens to protest at the ballot box by choosing small opposition parties or by writing "no" to spoil their ballots. Campaign leader Ronnie Kasrils
he doesn't aim to stop South Africans from voting.
The campaign triggered mixed reactions online:
Conflicted about the #VoteNoCampaign, but understand why struggle heroes are showing their dissatisfaction with the leadership of the ANC.Shaeera Kalla
@locke but it is an irresponsible campaign, because universal suffrage was one of the liberties Kasrils himself fought for. @ajstreamNyakallo Lephoto